Challenge s. f. [Der. to challenge]. – 1. Challenge him to battle, to a duel, to a competition or to any other competition: to send, to launch the C.; accept, reject the C.; make a C; letter of C. […] 2. fig. Provocation, an act whose purpose is to arouse a reaction from other people: a look, a gesture of challenge; he turned to me defiantly; his speech contained a C. that I could not challenge.
Having challenging goals, being challenged by the workplace, taking on a challenge with yourself. Probably the meaning we give to the “challenge” in these contexts is not as literal as the definition of the Treccani vocabulary, but the basic concept remains that of overcoming a limit or a condition.
But how much does it cost us to accept the challenge, especially in the work context?
Excluding people who have a natural vocation for change, most of us experience inner dilemmas and resistances when faced with a crossroads that invites us to turn back from the path we have traveled so far, commonly referred to as an area of comfort.
Often it is not a question of cowardice, in the rejection of the challenge we can conceal unconscious dilemmas and resistances that sabotage a positive approach to change.
Yet in the world of work, the challenge is rooted in the survival of companies, in any type of economic condition.
It will, therefore, be inevitable in the professional contexts, which have further accelerated, to be always faced with new challenges that will manifest themselves on multiple scenarios such as acquisitions, changes in management, significant organizational changes, new job.
In the emotional tsunami that these scenarios can inspire in individuals, the corporate cultural factor can be determinant. In fact, if values are consistently supported by an organization and processes inspired by change, the disorientation of individuals can be mitigated.
So that on the path of change will not occur distortion between the voltage change management and sharing of individuals, it is necessary that the Manager employ time and resources. They must involve, guide and support their collaborators, identify resistance, overcome obstacles and, above all, not assume that the challenge has been accepted a first and without the travail that it inevitably entails.
In crucial battles, the wise leadership of the Generals contain desertions and avoids retreats.