'It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent: it is the one most adaptable to change
The same is true of companies. Those that embrace change survive. Either you are driving, or someone else is. Which gives you more control?
The job of the Leader is 'comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable'. In other words, to stop people being complacent, generate a sense of urgency, even when you are doing well, and look after those who are stressed by this pressure.
According to John Kotter of Harvard Business School, these are the most common causes of failure:-
'There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to mange than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit from the preservation of the old institutions and merely the lukewarm defenders in those who should gain by the new ones'
Change is tough!
You will also need something to catalyse the Change. 'If you are part of the system, no matter how good you are, you must be a part of the problem. No heart surgeon, no matter how gifted, would consider operating on himself. This is the role of the outsider.'
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Most of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favour. - Robert Frost