There is an alley behind my house where all alley-type things happen. As with all alleys there is a public easement and invariably there is a place where the alley resident's recycling and garbage containers hang out.
This becomes part of the neighborhood. It becomes an expectation and part of the neighborhood culture.
The elderly woman who owned the house passed away and her grandson sold the house.
Here is the note that the new owner of the house put on every single container:
This note, however, is strangely aggressive and overly businesslike. There is nothing friendly about it, except perhaps the "Thank you for bending to my will" note at the bottom.
What this note does is establish our new neighbor as unfriendly and more interested in changing the neighborhood than actually meeting his neighbors. The big red NOTICE certainly does not help.
How many times have we seen new management or consultants do this? I HAVE ARRIVED, CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR ACCORDINGLY. No understanding of current processes, history or culture.
This is an excellent way to build resentment. It is a massively poor first impression.
True and lasting change can't come from a dictate. True and lasting change comes from an understanding what changes and what rates of change a community can handle. You may have excellent vision of your goal, but you need the management maturity and emotional intelligence to achieve that goal.
Change is inevitable, but how we approach and implement change is completely within our control.