It's a bit of a Throwback Thursday… in October of 2017, I wrote this post about my, ahem, “resistance to change” when it came to the new iPhone X:
Two years later, I'm now considering upgrading to an iPhone 11 Pro. Speaking of pro… there are pros and cons. As with more meaningful changes, I have reasons to change and reasons not to change (this is a key insight from the Motivational Interviewing approach).
Reasons to change:
- New and improved camera — I take a lot of photos for work and pleasure, so this is important
- Longer battery life (or so it's claimed)
Reasons to be concerned about change:
- I'm still not convinced that FaceID is better and more convenient than TouchID (thumbprint reader)
- Do I really have a compelling need to change or am I sort of wanting to change? Is the camera a compelling enough reason to change?
One reason I'm starting to come around is that my wife's company upgraded / updated her to the iPhone 11 Pro. She was also skeptical about FaceID, but basically had the change forced on her.
After a few days, with a forced test of change, she thinks FaceID is actually better. In fact, she's now ready to update her personal phone, an iPhone 6S, to the iPhone 11. I'm glad she didn't upgrade a few months back to the iPhone 8, which is pretty equivalent and has TouchID. She wants consistency across her two devices now.
Between that and playing around with the iPhone 11 Pro camera, I think might take the plunge before the end of the year.
I remember when my wife was one of the last holdouts in her company's switch from BlackBerry to iPhone. She loved the physical BB keyboard and she didn't want to switch to typing on glass. That change was eventually forced on her in the name of corporate standards… and she eventually came around and got comfortable with the iPhone. I made the case that it's actually better to type lightly on glass, but she had to try it and experience it for herself to truly accept the change.
As they say, change is a process, not an event, even if that process takes just a few days (and not years).
But, this post isn't just about iPhones… it's about choosing to change. In the workplace, are there times when we have to force change? If so, are there things we can do to make change more appealing to those of us who have a choice about change?
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