Organisational change is an ever-present experience for health workers. From government targets to multi-agency partnerships, individuals in care professions are regularly challenged to change. This article makes it clear that successful organisational change must include personal change. But what does ‘personal change’ mean?

The natural tendency of any organisation is to focus on outcomes without considering the amount of individual change required to make those outcomes happen. For individuals, learning what drives our actions is crucial to removing the performance gap; the space between the ‘theory’ of what we should do, and the behaviour we use on the spur of the moment. Developing personal leadership is vital, because self-improvement spurs organisational change.

This research suggests it’s time to look differently at how we approach change. There are many processes available to health and care managers that will soften the demand for organisational change by offering the possibility of personal growth.