Change is Good
Posted on February 12, 2015 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
I’m all for progress, but I don’t want to change. Isn’t that a silly statement? Of course it is. It’s duplicitous. You can’t have one without the other. One must change in order to progress. Yet, there are many of us who unknowingly insinuate this all the time, whether it’s part of one’s personality, or the outlook by top administrators of a company.
As human beings, we know we are creatures of habit, and as they also say, “Old habits die hard.” It’s true. It’s also true that the older one gets, the more reluctant one is to change. Boy, I feel as though I’m having a déjà vu as I write this, but we may say we are all for progress, but we are doing things that insinuate otherwise. There’s the ambiguity!
You may have a boss who speaks to you about the company’s direction and where it’s heading into the future. He or she preaches to everyone that progress is necessary in order for revenue to increase, but is he or she ready for change in order to get there?
Sometimes it’s the little things that stifle big changes in order for progress to take place. For instance, another adage that’s both good and bad, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” You can only take that so far. Many things that aren’t broken still require improvement. For example: Our meetings are unproductive, and unstructured, yet some things get done simply via their natural course. Yet, our meetings could be even more productive if they were conducted better. Every mind at those meetings could be much more creative if everyone were allowed a voice, not just one or two people filibustering. So, in my mind, our meetings are broken, but to others in charge, they are fine. To those in charge, I say that productive meetings can be proven to equate to dollars … and thus, progress made.
My advice, pure and simple, is to take care of those little changes in order to progress. I’m sure there’s a Pandora’s box around here somewhere demonstrating all the ways that could happen. So, look around your work environment. What things do you see that could stand some change – large or small in order for your company to progress?