Have you ever tried getting a hedgehog to move? What happens if you frighten it?
Sometimes out walking in the dark, I’ve come across a hedgehog on the road. It’s dangerous for a hedgehog, being on the road—a bit like an organisation in a changing world.
So we might try and get the hedgehog to move off the road.
Too hasty though and we’ll frighten it. Then it’ll curl up into a ball and stay where it is—right in harm’s way. Then we can’t get it to move at all.
We need to create just enough commotion that the hedgehog moves off in the direction we want it to go. But not too much.
The thing is…
Is your organisation a hedgehog?
If so, what’s the right amount of commotion to get it to move?