Changing one’s behaviours is hard enough, what to say about changing other people’s behaviours? Some people can even be extremely resistant to change and can become a real obstacle on a team. But how can you influence people’s behaviours in a simple and positive way, avoiding conflicts?
This question may have been answered a great deal of times, but the best suggestions I’ve seen so far have been presented by Peter Bregman, in his HBR article. Peter Bregman provides a few real life examples and posits that the best way to get people to do something, is to change the environment.
The environment we live in greatly influences the way we act (or react to it), so if you want people to do something, change the environment around them. It’s that simple. If you are eating too much chocolate, just don’t have any in the house. If you’re not drinking enough water, keep a bottle on your desk at all times. In both examples, the reward is pretty simple to see: to become and feel healthier. If you make it easy and simple, people will follow it through, as long as they can see the reward.
So, the next time you want to implement something new in your organisation, take a step back, look around and ask yourself: “What other obstacles could be in the way of change?”