Change: Learn Your Way Forward

change leadership Aug 22, 2021

Written by Roxanne Brown

Change is an active learning process! Even when the destination is clear (which most often it's not even in the most stable times), the path there involves a lot of test-and-learn activity. We like the "learn your way forward" way of thinking about change, or "decide-change-learn-decide-change-learn".

This way of thinking about it…

  • Removes the pressure of needing a clear future picture before acting – let that go!
  • Removes needing to have the answers to all the questions you anticipate getting – that’s not realistic, ever
  • Removes feeling like you have to be ready for every doubter’s comment – the doubters are worth listening to with lightness, meaning don’t get weighed down, instead think of them as helping you see the fears people have and what might be important to address
  • Removes the feeling that it’s hopeless, that any change is destined to fail and it’s impossible to come up with the right answer – even in the best of times when you’ve made a clear decision to change, you probably had to change something about that vision because you learned something new and important on your way there; that’s just the way it works – good to let that go too


  • Breaking big changes into smaller experiments gives you built-in checkpoints for learning and deciding what to do next
  • Doing this helps your team make traction on something and succeed together
  • Learning opens up possibilities which can neutralize the feelings of fear that can come with change



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