How do we change strongly ingrained habits, practiced over a life time? The auto-pilot efficiency of habits creates a shortcut from stimulus to response, without conscious thought. This saves time and effort, but it complicates transformation.
Achieving change if the behaviour is well practiced and the person is quite rigid in approach can be problematic. We have to understand why we make choices and become motivated to change, to increase our chances of successful transformation.
Self-management is a learnable skill and the process is almost identical to how you would change the technique of a particular stroke in tennis.
Last week I filmed a tennis client with a faulty backswing - watching his own swing clearly revealed his mistake. This revelation lead to greater self-awareness and motivation towards change. Only focused, sustained and repetitive practice will help him to adapt the swing through forming new neural pathways.
Similarly, the leader in this article will have to devise a consistent plan to alter his habitual behaviour of speaking too much at meetings.
Have you ever changed unwanted habits successfully?
Link to full Harvard Business Review article: How to Move from Self-Awareness to Self-Improvement