“Cause Change & Lead
Accept Change & Survive
Resist Change & Die” – Ray Norda
I am sure that at one time or another we have all been in a meeting where the topic of change was discussed. I find it ironic that change can be discussed so frequently yet occur so infrequently.
We all know the stories of companies who did not change to meet the changing needs of the consumer; Circuit City, Borders, and Hollywood Video. Then there are those companies we know are not far from extinction; Sears, JC Penny, and Blockbuster.
How is it that we know we need to change, we see that the world is evolving, yet we either don’t change or change too late for it to make a difference?
There are many, many books out there that address the topic of change. A couple of my favorites are John Kotter’’s “Our Iceberg is Melting” and “Leading Change”. I like John Kotter’s writing style as it takes a topic and breaks it down to manageable components.
I am a proponent of change. Not change for change’s sake, change that adds value, which builds for the future, and evolves to fit the new needs of service delivery.
I can remember being in meetings where people would say “we have always done it this way”, “why fix what isn’t broken”, “it is working so why mess with a good thing”, or “this way is easier and yeah, it could be better, but why bother”…… to this day those statements are button pushers to me. What I mean is; those phrases push my buttons. It is like nails on a chalkboard. Those are the times I dig in and work to seek understanding, to increase openness, and ultimately to help change occur as a change agent.
What do you think about this quote?
Have a tremendous Thursday and let’s all seek to be positive agents of change.