Leadership Skills (8ofX) - Perpetual Change


27 Apr
2010

"I'm very curious - how many of you are afraid of the change?" - Nobody answers.  Only one raised his hand.  "Well, there is at least one honest man among us.  And how many of you think that the other people are afraid of the change?" - All raised their hands. And then suddenly they broke into laughter.  "It turns out that we all are afraid, but we do not dare to admit it." (from "Who Moved my Cheese”, Spencer Johnson)


We tend to stick to the status quo or leadership skills, perpetual change, changeto the way we have always done these things (see Business Lesson 10) because we feel confident and secure.  Familiar objects, actions and individuals create a superficial calmness and delusive confidence.
 
But becoming attached to habits and status quo is totally wrong.  It cannot solve our problem with uncertainty.  Change is inevitableNobody and nothing can stop the change because it is irrevocable feature of the reality that surrounds us, of the Nature.
 
 
Leaders build organizational structuresBut even if perfect today, they will face impracticability several years later.  Structures must be adapted constantly.
 
The leader must embrace change for the sake of the success of the overall goal pursued.  The leader:
 
• understands that changes will occur perpetually
keeps an eye on the new coming changes
• adapts quickly to change
• changes her/himself
• makes change his/her integral part
 

Change, constant innovation is an important thing.  But if you change everything you will lose the essence of the company.  Nature is constantly changing, but it keeps unchanged the main principle - the most adaptable species survival.
 
In his book "A Business and its Beliefs" Thomas Watson says:
business consulting, consultant, leadership skills, change, perpetual change"If an organization wants to deal with the challenges of this dynamic world, it must be prepared to change everything - except its basic beliefsThe only sacred cow in the organization should be its core business philosophy."
 

Perpetual change while protecting company core values.

 

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