Be more like millennials?
According to Pratik Dholakiya, millennials are great at adapting to change because they have insatiable curiosity and wanderlust.
What about the rest of us?
But for those of us who are not millennials, how do we become more like these mythical carefree individuals?
When you're introducing any sort of change - whether it is a shift from waterfall project management to agile, or from manual processes to automated ones, there is always some fear and uncertainty.
You can reduce the fear and uncertainty by removing some of the barriers to change. These might include other processes that will get in the way of the new process, for example.
If people have time and effort invested in existing solutions, and if new ideas are outside their comfort zone, then they won't be willing to change.
For the people who aren't immediately willing to embrace the latest gadgets and trends, you need to find another way to generate excitement and engagement.
If you are introducing a new process or technology that will free up their time, you need to show them what they could be doing with that extra time. Often this means there is more time for meaningful interaction with other human beings.
You need to convince them that the learning curve associated with the new thing will actually be worth the effort, because it will save effort in the long run.
Most of all, the new thing needs to be fun. Fun can come in a variety of ways, from gamification to social network sharing to the sheer joy of using a well-designed tool (or is it just us geeks who get pleasure from that?). Gamification creates and perpetuates user engagement, both by making the process fun, but also by rewarding people with the approval of their peers.
Millennials are more secure than their predecessors in terms of confidence about their future and career. Change management will become incredibly easier if businesses develop this same sense of care-free wanderlust. The ability to think and go beyond the usual is what businesses need to keep up today.