Can Change be Funny?

Sure, if it happens to someone else!

Need a little chuckle about change? Visit the Highly Irritable blog and read about one mother’s struggle with her son. (This is a blog you will want to bookmark for its entertainment value alone!)

How often do we do something and expect one result, but actually get something entirely different? We can laugh about it when it’s a Canadian kid who likes hockey equipment, but doesn’t play. It’s usually much less funny when we miss the mark:

  • A key customer rejecting a business proposal.
  • An employee or our boss reacting unexpectedly.
  • Our spouse misunderstanding our actions.
  • Our kid making a mess of one of our suggestions.

In each of these cases, one of the easy ways to understand the actions is to say “They’re crazy!” and move on to recovery action. It absolves us of any responsibility and puts the blame clearly on the other person.

Of course, the issue is that very few of us are truly crazy. We all behave rationally, following our own particular logic in any situation. If we are trying to implement change, it’s critical to understand that logic.

You can correct those unexpected situations by approaching change with three things in mind. First, listen carefully – to both words and actions. People will tell you how they are thinking and what they want to see happen. Second, hold out the possibility that you may be wrong. For most of us, it’s tough to keep an open mind – especially when we have come to our own conclusion. Finally, all of this works much better when we genuinely want to help and connect with the people around us. It’s a quality that cannot be faked and will energize the search for the best solutions.

Those solutions usually involve the ability to bring alignment into complicated situations. Often those situations involve alignment on both personal and professional levels to achieve the best results. They involve multiple — often conflicting — goals between individuals, departments, and/or organizations. Time and personal effort is required to bring about proper alignment. That alignment creates durable and rugged solutions, resulting in lasting change.

So let’s keep our sense of humor about change. We’ll need it in order to make it through tough situations!


Read the Vallon blog this week to learn about Kim Meek’s transition from corporate executive to entrepreneur. It’s a transition we may all need to experience.


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