What you do, or how you do it?

Sometimes businesses, organizations, or schools are resistant to change. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But here’s a good litmus test to check if that resistance is coming from a good place.

“This is what we’ve always done” is often the resistance to good change. It’s the theme song of status quo, a way of saying that it’s easier to just repeat what you’ve done than it is to innovate and get better.

But, “This is how we do things” can often be the resistance to bad change, a way of drawing a line, refusing to compromise, and sticking to what’s right rather than changing to what’s easy or profitable. It’s resistance worth being proud of.

When you sense the resistance to change, ask if that resistance is looking to preserve what you do, or how you do it.

And then ask if you’re proud of the answer.