Last night I went to a handstand class. The last time I tried doing a handstand was in gym class in middle school and the prospect of throwing myself upside down was pretty daunting. What if I went too far and fell flat on my back?
Of course, the instructors didn’t want that to happen. So, instead, they broke the movement down. They took us through a variety of drills, adjusting our posture on each one, and eventually, we worked our way up to a full handstand. By mastering the components of the move one after the other, we gained valuable confidence. By receiving feedback from the instructors on each step, we ended up succeeding in doing a handstand with the right form.
This might seem like an obvious approach to learning a new skill, so why don’t we do the same when adopting new ways of working? By trying to adopt a new methodology all at once and without understanding what it’s about, we are setting ourselves up to, metaphorically, fall flat on our backs.
Why not introduce new practices little by little? This will allow you to make adjustments as you go and result in better outcomes.