Want to piss someone off today? Just change something to be different from what they have come to expect from you.
Inherently, we all know that we need to continually learn and adapt, but that doesn’t mean that all want to do so. Change disrupts simplified patterns and repetitive routines that are comfortable. People first think of the discomfort it will cause for themselves rather than improvement in outcomes it will produce. Change is hard.
Knowing this now about pissing people off, it is now your job to lead a major change in your work. Your attempts to lead, as if you were in sole command of matters and others, will meet with both passive and active resistance to your edict of change. Your change effort will have very few genuine followers by command.
Change is easier, more sustainable and more widely accepted with others you may be leading when it is a coordinated and collective act that is discovered together. Learning to change together is rationalized as a means to improve together. Others respond when their inhibitions and inspirations are considered.
Rather than pissing everyone off with an announced change, begin by asking questions for what others would do in their approach to a necessary change.
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” — Machiavelli —