Sometimes you make a decision. It may be hard, it may be easy – that doesn’t really matter. What matters is how much the decision differs from what is common in the organization.
If you start playing fair in an organization which never played fair or start making difficult tradeoffs in a company which always deferred any decision to the point when it was basically made by itself or make people accountable in a firm which used to allow people to slack it isn’t really about the specific decision. It isn’t about being fair or making a tradeoff or expecting someone to be accountable.
It’s about the change.
The organization has never done that. People aren’t used to such actions.
So they oppose.
They rant and moan and occasionally even fight back because it’s not common. It’s not the part of the organization culture. It isn’t about merits. It’s about the change.
That’s why every organization culture change is very hard. I tend to underestimate the effect of such changes and it always comes back to kick my butt.
The next time you think about your great idea, think how it changes the rules which are in the organization. If the change is significant don’t treat it just as a new great idea – treat it as cultural change. Which happens to be pretty damn hard.