Today I’m thinking about change. Specifically, how people approach it.
Some fight change. “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?” Although there is some merit to that the world just doesn’t work that way. Someone, somewhere is always coming up with new, innovative approaches to “the norm”.
Some choose support roles. “It’s not my idea, but I am the team player to make it happen”. Commendable but perhaps not everything you want when personal dreams take a back seat to the so-called bigger picture.
Some effect change. They come up with ideas that have everyone else saying “why didn’t I think of that”? For some reason, sticky notes come to mind.
For this group change is like breathing. They thrive on it. Whether personal or professional they chart a course and put people and things in place to make sure they reach their destination.
The last group doesn’t just effect change, they embrace it. They realize they are going to need people from the other groups. They realize that beyond obvious limitations, there is good in each personality type.
The person who fights change signifies the caution needed when developing new ideas. Is the change with or without purpose? Is there a plan to make it happen?
The person(s) in the supporting role signifies the reality that No Man is an Island. There is no reason for a “think tank” if the all of those ideas simply lay dormant.
The person effecting change signifies that no matter what the idea or plan, someone has to bear responsibility and convince others of a risk worth taking. Easy if everything goes as planned. Not so much when things head south.
In the end it all spells the importance of team. Each of us has to decide our role.
- Opportunities arise.
- Sometimes you lead.
- Sometimes you follow.
Perhaps the lesson is one of flexibility and respect no matter where and how you fit.
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