hange is the only constant in life,” Heraclitus writes. The Greek philosopher was spot on, and arguably more relevant to our lives today than he could have imagined. We’ve all experienced change, and know what it feels like. Some manage it like they are moving through the seasons, others prefer the status quo. For them, change can often be painful.
Whatever your approach, change is a constant that often cannot (and sometimes should not) be avoided, especially in business. So, the best thing we can do is learn to do it well. This doesn’t mean buying into every new strategy or trend that comes along, but it does mean being able to anticipate change, having a clear view of the benefits that you are striving for, and a good plan to make adjustments when the journey gets a little bumpy. If you are leading the change, its especially important to know how to bring others along with you, so that the journey is a smooth and fruitful one. Our employees are our greatest asset, so investing in their understanding and ability to change – preparing them for the “new world” makes good sense. This might be as vast as changing the behaviors or culture of your business, or as simple as “skilling people up” with training and communications, so that they can do things in a different way.
Successful businesses don’t change with the tide, but they do have a solid, agreed plan on how to manage change when it comes along, and capitalize the opportunity. And they know that investing in a good change approach will allow them to be nimble and effective, so that the impact on “business as usual” is minimal. Let us help you navigate your way to the change you want for your business.