Good Ideas Don’t Always Spread
Why doesn’t everyone use the good idea?
The answer is both biological and sociological.
The Biological Resistance
Our brain’s Reticular Activation
System (RAS), Psycho-Cybernetic
Mechanism (PCM) and Amygdala
work jointly in the pursuit of our safety, comfort and doing things the same
old familiar way. The RAS
mission is to filter out anything that does not match our internal self-image.
The Amygdala is constantly on
the lookout for any real or PERCEIVED danger. Our PCM ensures we stay in our comfort zone and current subconscious
programming. It tries to stop us from moving outside of the limits of our
Whenever this changes our amygdala “hijacks” our consciousness making it difficult to concentrate as our focus shifts to what is troubling us. During these attacks the amygdala floods our body with the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline) and we go into “fight, flight or freeze” mode. When this happens we unconsciously revert to the comfort of our existing habits.
The Sociological Resistance
The energy we choose to surround ourselves with has a huge impact on our results. Whether positive or negative, energy spreads like a virus throughout an organization.
The unconscious habit we have of giving away our energy creates the need we have to surround ourselves with others that display similar behavior. These social packs need each other but they do not like each other; they do not trust each other and they would never truly lower their walls around each other.
The development of our emotional intelligence enables us to pursue the good ideas we so often avoid, even when those ideas take us out of our comfort zone. It lowers our fear threshold to innovation and change. Authentic, emotionally intelligent leaders use good ideas to produce good results. Now that’s a good idea.
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Phil Johnson is Founder and CEO of Master of Business Leadership Inc. MBL offers executives and their organizations a proven authentic leadership and emotional intelligence philosophy and methodology. For over 25 years and with users on 6 continents, clients getting what they want is just the beginning.