Change is hard. That is a statement that I have said and thought so many times as I think about how to navigate organizations that could use a change or two but are too deep in their organizational norms and beliefs to move the needle a fraction in a new direction. Bulldog Drummond posted this article as a starting place to facilitate change within an organization that is deeply rooted. The suggestions offered are encouraging starting places and can help you enjoy the small wins that come with doing challenging work.
As a woman of color, it provided me with additional language to better understand how an organization that is lacking diversity across the spectrum would need additional supports. For example, the suggestion to "Honor the past." For some organizations, their past has been harmful to others. This suggestion made me think about the importance of stating the good aspects of the past while still acknowledging and pushing for equitable change.
Deeply rooted organizations may not be ships that will be able to turn course within a year but the tips in this article can help you find your starting place.