We have a fixed capacity for change. Change, whether good or bad (wanted our unwanted) adds up like water in a glass. Each person can only handle a certain level, because the glass can only hold so much. Once it reaches the top, it overflows and kablooie, and we flip/tilt/explode/blow.
This why resiliency is important. The more resilient, the higher the threshold for change or the taller the glass of water.
I attended a presentation, Change for Change Agents, in which Karen Barrow discussed the complexities of implementing change within an organization. Karen has significant experience in OD (organization development) and corporate change consulting.
What I walked away from her presentation with was that more than ever before we are our own business. The term Me Inc has been around awhile. Everytime a reference was made to the company or organization, I replaced it with Me Inc. It all worked.
Me Inc needs to find a way to make change acceptable. This means Me Inc needs a plan. Here are the things that need to be considered by Me Inc's plan.
Perceptions of the change
Because we avoid abiguity, we need to provide ways of implementing direct and indirect control of the uncertainty.
Motivation toward change
Resistance is a multi-step process. Each step leads closer to acceptance of change and when that happens, there is motivation.
Commitment to change
This too, is a process. Preparation, acceptance and committment.
If you want to understand more about organization change, Managing at the Speed of Change, by Darryl Connor is an good source of information and an easy read.
If you want to read more about Me, Inc concepts, you'll want to read Tom Peters early article on the Brand called You.