Fear of change is keeping you from using the latest and greatest tools

Digital Tools Photo by Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha" via Flickr This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best digital tools for journalism in your inbox every Monday? Sign up here . Here’s a little secret. The header of this newsletter says it’s about digital tools. The signup page says it’s about digital tools. It appears in the digital tools section of the Poynter website. I may have even pitched it to you as a newsletter about digital tools. But that’s not the topic of this newsletter at all. This newsletter is about change. Learning new technologies, adapting to new workflows and even making grand organizational changes are all actually — brace for it — pretty easy. Oft-misinterpreted research from McKinsey shows that a majority of people “who commit to a change initiative will eventually succeed.” But if most change results in some type of success, why does it seem so hard? And why does it feel like all of these changes the news industry (or whatever industry you’re in because journalism is far from the only industry in flux) are failing all […]

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