Scooby-Doo and the Resistance to Change Mystery

Scooby-Doo is an all-time children’s favourite cartoon, based around the premise of a group of four teenage sleuths plus their wonderful dog, Scooby-Doo, always finding themselves in situations of grave danger and supernatural situations.

Each story has the same plot line: following the initial introduction of a very strange incident, deep suspicion is followed by careful investigation and ultimate understanding and the culprit is usually unmasked as the janitor of the school or the administrator or curate lurking in the background.

There was always a happy ending to these situations – and a period of enlightenment and calm. However, come the next episode all the same anxieties and concerns and dread about the situation materialised, and the lessons learned from the previous episode when an innocent explanation was uncovered were all forgotten.

This reminds me so much of people’s attitude towards any sort of change that they encounter. These changes, particularly in the legal sector, include new services, new software, new case management systems, new ways of working.

Often there is the same feeling of dread that the Scooby-Doo crew encounter at the start of an episode; but then after a period of investigation, a period of uncovering and a period of familiarity with the new circumstances there is always a happy outcome and off we go into the brave new world.

But….when the next change comes along, do we remember all of that happy outcome? Or do we encounter those same feelings of dread and anxiety that often result in a reluctance to adopt and adapt to the new change?

So, can we learn anything from the Scooby-Doo team, and can Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne teach us anything about how we can approach new changes, new services, new facilities, and new support?

I shall leave that question with you all and just reflect that when the next time something new comes along, do not be afraid. Remember that at the end of every episode, the team triumphed and Scooby celebrated with his outsize Scooby snacks. So when change comes knocking, be sure to channel your inner Scooby-Dooby-Dooooooo!

Martyn Best, Document Direct

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