Change is the ingredient that is responsible for institutional deterioration. Change disrupts the routine, comfort levels, and the certainty of traditions and rituals. This disruption causes anxiety, fear of the unknown. When change becomes greater than the norms, this creates insecurity. It is like stepping on quick sand, when you suddenly find terra firma shifting. This creates fear of the uncertainty, of what you knew was a given. Fear and anxiety have the same physiological reactions. The first instinct is fight-or-flight. Members of the institution reacting to this uncertainty prepare for survival, even though this may be subliminal. Institutional leaders have the most to lose if their environment is changing.

The underlying fight-or-flight is a catalyst for anger. When emotions get in the way of understanding change, it compromises rational and logical thinking. Fighting and resisting change, rather than understanding the meaning of change creates a negative environment. Adolescent behavior must give way to a mature response to these changes. The rule to remember is that you cannot do anything yesterday. Change is the transition from the past to the future. The only way you can realistically respond to this situation is to act in the present.

Change by its very nature means you cannot go back. The effective way to react to change is to remain positive. You must get rid of the negativity of fear and anger. Take time to gain a perspective on the change. Determine the opportunities of the change, rather than trying to put the genie back into the bottle. The most important point is to remain positive! Institutional failure is most noticeable by the fear mongering and negativity. This will never solve the problem.