There’s an old African proverb that goes something like this: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.”
When you lead change in a large enterprise, it doesn’t take you too long to find people who don’t believe any positive change is possible. The narrative tends to be similar in that these people have tried before, but the system doesn’t allow change to happen. I’ve met many people who have decided not to try any more. Large organizations and cultures can be tough to improve.
The trick is to be relentless. Different ideas take hold at different times. If you believe in an idea you need to keep going. Whilst not always easy, do it with good grace, humour and determination.
Is there an idea that you need to re-invigorate? Remember the mosquito!