Accordingly to McKinsey Quarterly, only 30% of change initiatives are successful.Why? Because of human resistance to change. Changing the way we think or behave takes focused attention which requires increased brain energy, which is easily forgone for routine and what is known. Neuroscience has proven that the old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, isn’t true. It is possible to change the way we think and respond as scientists have proven that the brain is malleable like plastic with changes and experiences. With focus and attention, we can change the way we think. By repeating these new ways, the neuropathways get stronger, forming new habits and beliefs. This is the concept of neuroplasticity. Strategies to support leading change, including carving out new neuropathways for those you lead.
For more information check out this great video by Sentis: Neuroplasticity
Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC
Author Sandra McDowell is a Certified Executive Coach with a Masters in Leadership and a Certificate in NeuroLeadership, and Vice-President Communications & Culture for First Credit Union & Insurance.