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"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not
- W. Edwards Deming
All year in this newsletter, I have been writing about
change. My focus has been change in organizations and in businesses. I've
discussed how to get your team to accept inevitable changes and understand how
your team reacts to change.
I just got back from Illinois, visiting my grandson and his
parents. My last trip was in July. In three months, Moses has changed so much.
When I saw him in July, cups had to have tops or everything would spill. Now he
handles a cup as if he was born doing it. His verbal skills have increased and
he shows more of his own thought process than he did three months ago. Three
months! How is that much change possible?!
Devoted to Change
It dawned on me that Moses' whole life is devoted to change.
He accepts it willingly. He knows instinctively that change is growth. He would
prefer that his schedule not be upset, but in every other situation, he
embraces change. Even when he has to
adapt to a new schedule, it doesn't take him long. He seems to understand that
change is inevitable. On some basic level, he knows that if he doesn't change,
he will not grow.
I wonder if we, as adults, could adopt a bit of that growth
attitude, would we be more likely to accept change? If we decided to approach
change as if it were a grand adventure that would result in our being able to
accomplish more in our lives, would it be easier to adapt? If we accepted that
there is no way to avoid change, and decided to make the most of it, would that
make us happier?
"If it ain't broke..."
I am not by any means a "change junkie." I do not believe in
change that is not necessary. But I also do not subscribe to the belief "if it
ain't broke, don't fix it." Preventive maintenance is usually a good idea.
Searching for additional solutions even after you have found something that
works is also a good practice. Very often we are satisfied with the status quo
not realizing that a little extra exploration might make an average
I plan to spend the next couple of months deciding whether
there are new avenues I need to explore. I'm going to take December off as far
as this newsletter is concerned. (I'll still send out some event reminders,
especially about the Small Business Conference - see below.) I've published 68 newsletters
since the first one in February 2004 (most are archived here.) It may be time
for a change.
Look for new adventures from me in January!