Emily nodded. “I think I am ready.” We were talking about her dissatisfaction with the way things were going for her as a manager. Not that they were going badly.
“Sometimes, I think I have to force things,” she said. “And forcing things doesn’t last long. I want to know how I can get people to perform, to perform at a higher level.”
“You want to know how you can cause people to change?”
“Yes, that’s it. Exactly. How can I get people to perform better, to stay focused, to pay attention, heck, just to show up on time would be nice.”
“So, Emily, when you look at yourself, how easy is it for you to make changes about your own life, your own work?”
“I’m not sure what you mean,” she replied. “Things are pretty well with me. For the most part, things are under control.”
“Interesting,” I said. “We think we have the ability to cause change in other people when we have great difficulty seeing the need for change within ourselves.”