“If you don’t like change you will like irrelevance even less” – Gen. Eric Shimenski
It seems like “change” has become the hot button during our current political process for nominating a president. I believe it is an important part of the business process. Looking back, we had to change the family business, many times. The local economy was changing in our town from old-line manufacturing to a mix of manufacturing, service and tourism. When we were in business, there were 15+ competitors, today in the same area perhaps 5-6 of the same type of businesses.
However, change is pretty difficult, especially when leadership doesn’t understand it or people are satisfied with being where they are. The best businesses/organizations are the ones that can adapt to a continuously changing environment. John Kotter wrote the defining resource on Change….Leading Change. Kotter creates an 8-step process. The first four being:
- Increase urgency
- Build the guiding team
- Get the vision right
- Communicate for buy-in
Most folks fail to understand the change process and when change is necessary just bumble along!
Understand the process. Commit to change. Have a clear picture of where you want to go.