June's issue of Pathways to Success highlights two articles that focus on Change. The first article is inspired by this time of year when Pomp and Circumstance signals an end and a new beginning in the lives of many. The second article tackles the issue of Moving Beyond the Status Quo - another aspect of addressing change and transition in our lives.
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|Change and Transition|
|Amid early summer breezes in amphitheaters, gymnasiums and stadiums
... the musical strands of Pomp and Circumstance herald a triumphant end and a new beginning for the many graduates from high schools and colleges around the country. June is that time of year when many are directly faced with change and transition in their lives.
Change can be tremendously exhilarating and it can also be tremendously frightening. For the young graduate, leaving the comfort of a well-accustomed routine can be a challenge. Ahead are the untested and unknown waters of what lies beyond. Further, looming ahead are the prospects of leaving family and friends to start a new chapter of life in a new place, a new school, or a new job. From those who have successfully navigated this phase of our lives, we empathize; but many of us also relish the thought of having those opportunities in front of us again. Continue reading ...
|Moving Beyond the Status Quo|
| There are tremendous risks in maintaining the status quo.
Continuing to do so because "we have always done it that way" can lead to the organization failing to make the necessary moves to remain competitive. "If it isn't broke, don't fix it" can be a death wish. The operative phrase today should be, "How can we make it better?" Realizing a compelling vision means change: accepting new perspectives, abandoning old habits and implementing new techniques. Many times the necessary changes require doing things differently. Realizing the vision may involve outsourcing, merging, building strategic alliances, partnering, or acquiring other resources or organizations. It could mean selling off pieces of existing business that no longer fit strategically. It could involve restructuring your organization. What does it mean to you? Continue reading ...