Chipmunks and change management

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SUNDAY MORNING — My 6-year-old has discovered Spotify. Which is a break, at least, from football cards and other plastic doo-dads that they seem to sell kids at every newsagent. And he’s busy filling up his account with song from Alvin and The Chipmunks. And dying to get me to listen.

To a 6-year-old the story that goes with Alvin allows him to better understand, place and get excited about the music. The characters make the experience seem more real. It’s the wrong word, but it’s like the anthropomorphisation of experience — the turning of experience into something more human.

Most of us work with abstract thoughts all day. We aren’t actually sawing wood or boiling eggs for a living. And within those abstract thoughts are patterns that we create to be able to remember our way and make progress on new work. Many of the milestones we use in our brains are drawn from a variety of senses. Touch, feel, smell, taste all play a part in that. For my 6-year-old music is more fun if he can imagine a bunch of Chipmunks dancing and singing to it.

For me change is easier if I have been through something similar before. It’s easier if I can identify the change with a set of ideas that I can imagine in the future. Or a feeling I expect to have. Or a person who seemingly embodies that change.

Without that clarity of what I am working for, it is harder to stay focused.

Does that make sense?

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