The pink effect

When a relationship comes to an end, many people usually remember only the good times; the nice trips, the unforgettable experiences, the positive memories that their partners contributed with. This is what I call “Rose-tinted glasses effect”, that are the ones that remain in your mind.

As life goes along, I have realized how this effect could be extrapolated to the work environment. Mainly, when we face structural changes that are absolutely neccessary. Those changes pretend to wipe out the inefficiency and obsolescence that we see in some ways of working, that limit our company growth.

And sudden changes come up, because they are required, because we cannot survive nor succeed without evolution. And certainly neither without innovation.

And it is at this moment of time when we realize that the commented tendency to mistify the past, is also present in the work environment. It doesn´t really mean that the situation/system/new procedures bring any improvement. It doesn’t mean that this make the process more efficient, with more impact on our selection projects, neither bring better experience for our clients. Those who can’t manage change, will be abducted by 0ur loved “Rose-tinted glasses effect”, thinking that “any previous moment from the past was better than now”.

3 tips to fight against the  “Rose-tinted glasses” effect:


1. Provide a crystal clear vision about the positivity that the new scenarios come with the change. Set goals that would be impossible to reach without those changes and try to link those goals to the team at an emotional level.

2. Bring the change gradually. Processes, systems…  It is very complicated to go from black to white in just a weekend. It makes sense but set micro-targets and stepping stones that will help us adopt the process.

3. Have Influence, Communicate and Negotiate if necessary, to meet commitments and agreements that ensure that the organization is comfortable and compromised with the change.

And with all of this… let’s beat the “Rose-tinted glasses” effect.



Antonio Sagardoy