Volumes of research and experience by organizational change experts have come to this conclusion: success is only possible by changing peoples' workplace behavior. Even so, this change is difficult.
In the past 20 years, the integration of psychology and neuroscience research has provided a more accurate view of human behavioral change. The implications of this research are critical for leaders in organizations, and show us that employee behavior does not actually work the way employers have thought. This helps to explain why so many leadership initiated organizational change initiatives have failed. And it also explains the success of companies like Toyota, whose workplace practices reflect how the human brain works.
Leaders can change their own behavior or influence that of other people by focusing on creating new behaviors rather than trying to fix old ones. In a world with so many distractions, one of the biggest challenges is being able to focus enough attention on any one idea. Leaders can make a difference by eliciting attention on only the most important things and focusing their feedback to employees on things that work well. Focusing on solutions and not problems, and allowing employees to generate solutions and developing new positive behaviors becomes a critical management strategy to increase success.