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1 + 1 = 3. Synergy is the purpose of an agile membership team—not budget, not friendship, and not convenience. The aggregate function of a team is to produce results greater than each individual could produce on her own. Easier said than done.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” —George Bernard Shaw When organizations have the notion to update or change their membership management software, the idea can often be met with skepticism or outright opposition from others in the organization. Resistance to change is human nature, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK.
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If you've done a good job of communicating the 4Ps on managing transition on a new initiative, then you may be wondering why the team is still struggling to move in a new direction?
Do you ever get that feeling that you're trying to push new initiatives forward and the team just isn't on board yet? Or do you sometimes feel like there is so much change happening, you're not sure what you should focus on, so you just continue doing what you're familiar with?
My name is Jill, and I'm afraid of…change. It's difficult for me to confess that I'm afraid of change, because generally, I'm a very adventurous person. I love to travel, meet new people, and do things I've never done before. But when it comes to change at work and home, I tend to be conservative, even risk-adverse.
Change is hard. As much as we’ve heard this phrase to the point where it’s become cliché, there’s a reason it’s repeated time and again. It’s not easy to accept that there’s something different on the way. Over the years, I’ve worked and talked with countless people going through the membership software selection and AMS implementation process. I’ve heard of the sleepless nights and the daily stresses that can dominate this uncertain time. The unknown is always difficult to embrace.