A fresh week, month or year offers a convenient opportunity for perspective-taking and a more rational assessment of work done to date. Letting go is hard, but iterative time segments with built-in pre-commitments around milestones can offer everyone a clean break from the past.
Behavioural Insights Team did this, setting a self-destruct button on the whole project if they weren't able to achieve a measurable outcome by a certain time.
Where in your projects can you create a future line in the sand upon which you can all decide to continue or not?
We often recoil from the new and unknown, but how can we use exposure to reduce risk aversion?
Sudden, unexpected change can feel difficult to stomach. How can you use 'change exposures' to reduce discomfort?
New chapters in our lives mean creating new versions of ourselves. How can you make it easy for people to take the leap?
Unexpected change creates confusion and discomfort. How can you more delicately manage this process?
We stick to what we know, even when there are better things available. How can you offset this with a low risk sample?
We're evolutionarily hardwired to avoid change where we can. But how can you give people some reassuring control over it?
Our past efforts can often get the better of us. How might you test out a different direction in a lean way?
We're averse to what we don't know, slowing down progress. How might you avoid this with small info drips spread over time?
With loss, perception is everything. As long as we've gained something, we can let go. How can you reframe past efforts?
If a better path to reach our goals has been found, letting go of our efforts will be less uncomfortable.
In times of change, we seek out leaders to help us move forward. How can you create reassuring clarity through your people?
As social creatures, we're greatly reassured by the actions of others. How can you use this to reduce aversion to change?