NIH? You will ask me what is this new acronym?
Indeed, the IIP – “Not Invented Here”. You find it for each change or transformation. Cloud Computing is an important transformation for both the Users for Information Technology and also for suppliers. More information here (in English).
At each major change its own part of resistance. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite resistance: NIH “Not Invented Here”. More information here (in English).
What is it? The NIH leads systematically reject everything that comes from outside and that is not the build by a person or even a group. Do you know your reptilian brain? It is our reptilian brain is the cause of all our strengths. The proportion of animal remains in us seeks security and only simple paths. This ‘reflex brain’ is blocking us to move and it prevents us from embracing the action and the opportunity in front of us.
Seth Godin describes very well in several of his works the evils of what he calls “The Lizard Brain” that paralyzes us. His latest book Poke the Box, encourages action and especially encourages us to exceed our ancestral reflexes. (find good reading here).
How to overcome the NIH? Your way to the cloud, you must go with the change, present it, listen and share. There is also a time to move forward decisively to allow the lizard to go into hiding and leave space for change.
I suggest you consider the NIH more like a reflex, without underestimating. Once passed, treat in deep objections and fears then with determination drive to the next step.
Have you ever met this lizard or other reptile in a project or a major change?