Change Management Training Step 7: Operate at the 4th Level of Change

Constraints And Limitations Can Be More Of A Blessing Than A Curse

Constraints force you out of standard operating procedure. They call forth cleverness, push you toward simplicity, and give rise to elegant solutions. Demanding conditions also influence you to focus your efforts on what’s most important.

Don’t resist, give up, or argue for an easier set of conditions. Accept the challenge and go with the constraints.

When you’re feeling cornered by tough, seemingly unrealistic circumstances, maybe the situation is pressuring you toward a breakthrough solution. See where the limitations take you. Look for the trap door of innovation, the escape route of creativity that can solve your dilemma. Yield to the demands. Let them push you toward a unique answer that solves your problem.

Don’t waste your time and energy struggling to change the conditions. Accept them. And apply your imagination toward finding a new and better way within these constraints.

Approach the situation as if it were a riddle . . . a routine way of looking at it won’t work. You’ve got to give it a twist. Go at it from a new angle, and find the secret passageway that can serve as the solution. More often than not, you’ll end up using a simplified approach. And despite the demands you’re working under that you thought would make things harder, you’ll end up with a solution that turns out to be easier.

As Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”