Change initiatives of any scale are hard work. We make them harder when we decide to be heroes.
Repeat after me:
- The System is working perfectly as intended
- The System is designed to beat any individual, however heroic.
- You don’t always need to change the System. You might just need wiggle room.
- Change in the System takes a team, stakeholders and influencers. You cannot succeed alone.
Be clear on what your goals are in seeking change. Don’t assume the system is broken or that others share your goals. Build a coalition of supporters and teammates. Seek only the change you need for your goal. Be kind to yourself.
You need a change. Nobody needs heroes. Nobody wants to become a martyr to their change.