This week we are exploring the idea of how we compare things around us, adapt to change, as well as the rate at which we prefer change in a specific area of our life. Knowing your own, or someone else’s pattern for change will guide you to the easiest path in effectively and gracefully bringing about any revisions. Pinpointing this ‘meta-program’ will bring great insight into the inner workings of a person, group or organization.
Do you notice similarities? Or are you drawn to what is different?
Mode of Comparison: Sameness ~ Sameness with Exception ~ Difference:
We each respond to change in a very different manner, which is obvious. What may be a little less apparent are the more subtle distinctions of how frequent our need for change is, and the best way to balance each individuals ‘meta-program’ for change within a relationship or in an organization (remember meta-programs change depending on the context).
Sameness pattern-You prefer things to stay the same and may refuse to adapt. You will look for those around you picking out the things you have in common, and feeling most comfortable in a familiar environment or situation. Every 15-25 years you will incite some sort of significant change.
Sameness with Exception-Even though you may notice what is the same, you then will right away identify the exceptions. You accept change regularly as long as it is not too dramatic. The preference for you is to have things change gradually. A larger change may be needed every 5-7 years.
Difference-You note what is different in a given situation. Static situations often need to be drastically altered about every 1-2 years. You may also find yourself mismatching what people say, typically pointing out a different perspective or approach.
In a large organization it can be very helpful to plan and implement any cultural changes to match the various patterns within the group, instead of a generalized approach, ultimately setting everyone up for success.