Archive for May, 2011

Change – Active & Passive

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

I was off to a meeting the other day and realised that something was different.  I won’t go into all the details (they aren’t relevant) but I recognised that something fundamentally different and because it had happened slowly, over a long period I hadn’t recognised it for what it was.  I’m sure that this type of change is far more widespread than people realise, but it is seldom documented in the management books as in some ways it isn’t very ‘sexy’  It contains none of the macho grabbing Life by the scruff of the neck type of strategies that are so popular in self-help and leadership books.  Sometimes Change just happens and the challenge is to firstly recognise it and secondly respond appropriately.

It can be a bit of a shock to realise that you either need to take positive action to change the new status quo or take advantage of it.  My point is that until you accept that it has happened and the things you are doing are perhaps no longer relevant you can not take  the appropriate steps.  The world around us changes, never more so than now amidst global financial instability, commodity price chaos and freak weather events.  Your business could easily be knocked off course by a Japanese tsunami if you are a dependant on say Honda or Nissan, or some micro-chip supplier over there.  Your clients may not be able to get the credit required to buy from you in today’s banking world.

When things change, you have to assess what your new options are and ask how these new circumstances might serve you.  What are the opportunities?  What new risks might you need to take steps to avoid?  It is also a good time to make sure that your goals are still relevant… we can sometimes chase something so long it becomes a habit rather than something we actually need or want.   In Britain we are used to the weather changing all the time, perhaps nowadays we need to realise that business can change almost as rapidly!