Resistance to change – Focus on what’s possible

Daryl Oster:

When you’re in counter resistance, either you have enough power to get through it or you don’t and if you don’t, you have to either regroup or go on to something you do have enough power to do and things that you can do. So instead of focusing on what you can’t do, always focus on what you can do that would get you closer to your goal. If we set a goal of climbing a mountain, especially a mountain that has never been climbed by anybody else, there are thousands of potential pathways up that mountain and sometimes we go up one thinking it’s going to hold promise and it doesn’t, and we have to find another way.

Russ Derickson: I would summarize that, if goal doesn’t change with the tactics and process does, you have to adjust according to ever changing conditions and we now, as a team, are looking at specific outcomes we have to do. And so we have to sometimes, like now we focusing on funding for a demonstration project and so that requires a rather focused and considered effort or otherwise we cannot move to the next levels. Furthermore we now realize, I’m certainly speaking for myself, and I don’t want to speak too much for you (Daryl), when you’re doing something of this sort, you can’t just focus on a few things because there is so many impacts we have to adjust and rather get over these surprise later, you have to start thinking about early on.

Marzena Kmiecik: So projecting a lot?

Russ Derickson: Yeah so, so you structure your tasks around that and making sure the important guide posts are met and then you take an assessment from there. Another point I make as part of the team, is building a constituency that consistently goes beyond just the team, we are trying to ultimately service a society and there are stakeholders in this and that has, that a real broad meaning. The stakeholders in many many ways, they need a voice in the whole process so then we want to get them in dialogue.

When I use to work at the Solar Energy Research Institute which is now called The Nation Engine Lab, I learned about that process, you know, I was doing research that would ultimately was for the society, why not get that very society involved from the get go, and make them part of the research team, larger if you will? And it doesn’t mean you just always democratically follow with the masses; you have to have a vision that sometimes fall within a few individuals that has a vision so with that, hopefully explain the process.

 “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” ~ Steven Pressfield, Author of The War of Art