Provacation of the month:
”Change and adaptation go hand in hand”
This month´s reflection comes from John Dunnigan, New Jersey, U.S.A.
When change is faster than adaptation, you fail!
We see and experience change every day. Sometimes we embrace it and often we resist it. When I read the newspaper rather than scan the internet for news, I am saying that I find more value and comfort in the way things were, rather than the new and more current way of doing things. When I am available at all times and in all places with my mobile phone, I am embracing change. I learn and adapt. It is like this with our organization as well. When we are constantly looking for ways to change then we learn and adapt. When the change happens faster than our learning and adaptation then our customers will move to the better solution and we are left behind. When we learn and adapt as fast as or faster than the change, we survive and grow. We become more attractive to our customers because we are providing better solutions.
Change brings challenges
When we are changing we are stepping into the unknown. The unknown has risks and risks provide a challenge. Most challenges evoke a response of resistance. If we are the advocate of change, we should expect this resistance. We are in the current state because of all the decisions we have made in the past. If we want to convince others to change then we should take the time to understand why those decisions were made and the results that were achieved. If we have a stake in the way things are and are being challenged to change by others, then we will be better off if we understand why they are challenging and provoking us to change. What do they see that we do not? ”Change and adaptation go hand in hand”
Experts in the past or leaders into the future?
When our organization has not changed in a while, we become comfortable and more and more knowledgeable about the past. We recall old experiences and yearn to repeat them. We can teach others about the way things were. Our situation is that we, like everyone else, are moving into the future and here we need leaders, not only experts. The expert can help us to work on clearly defined situations. When we have explored opportunities and threats; when we know our qualities and potential and clearly defined our issue; then we can call for the experts. The leader will stimulate and provoke us along courses of action even in the face of risk, uncertainty and the unknown. The leader must ask and make us all ask the questions that will gather information that will lead to knowledge and decision making. If you wish to be the leader of a growing organization, learn to ask the questions that seek the future. Have the courage to provoke and listen to the response. Learn and adapt.