What’s the Cure for an Immunity to Change?

Systemic change is incredibly difficult, and oftentimes we make the assumption that individuals or institutions resist change because of an active intent to remain ineffective and behind the times.  However, two researchers at Harvard University, Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey, argue that change is difficult because all of us experience conflict between explicit commitments to change and hidden commitments that stifle change, a cycle that Kegan and Lahey call “immunity to change.”  This past week, I published a column in CJ Voices and eJewishPhilanthropy about what immunity to change can teach the Jewish community and the Conservative Movement about organizational development.   You can find the original article here, and the reprinted article here.

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