To get what you want you must make sacrifices, trade-offs and decisions no one else can make except for you. The decisions to change are often difficult to make but are necessary to continue moving forward even if it means taking a few steps backwards in order to get back on track.
Change that can help make even incremental progress towards a goal is priceless. But remember, effective change requires thought and calculation. It is not meant to have caution thrown to the wind in a flurry of reckless abandonment to change just for the sake of change.
Act swiftly. Act decisively. Make it happen. Make it count. This is the mantra at Acceler8Success Group and as an action plan, it works and especially when change is necessary or imminent.
Change in the Workplace
But why is change good? Why is it important to adapt to change? These questions are addressed by Leadership & Management Expert, Karen McCullough in her article, Why Change In the Workplace is Good! A Guide For Companies. She shared the following:
Change in an organization leads to many positive aspects – that lead to retaining a competitive edge and also remaining relevant in your business area. Change encourages innovation, develops skills, develops staff and leads to better business opportunities, and improves staff morale.
Change in the workplace can make us uncomfortable as we step out of what we normally do and attempt new ways of working. Adapting to change in the workplace is often difficult because it’s too easy to stay accustomed to our habits, however… change is essential to many aspects of business and our working life.
Those companies that don’t change can stagnate and not develop. Our current world is constantly evolving in terms of technology and many other challenging but innovative ways. Having the ability to face these new challenges head-on will not only develop the company as a whole but also those who work within it.
Change… Because Failure is not an Option
Like a ship at sea, a business should make directional changes in a long, sweeping manner. Conversely, although abrupt change in direction may create havoc, it may be deemed necessary by the captain and navigation team to avoid what may not be apparently visible on the surface to others on the ship but is evident nonetheless through compilation of data and viewing radar.
In any event, well thought-out plans, including contingency plans must be in place and acted upon to arrive safely at a specific destination within a certain time frame, and with available resources.
However, what happens when seas are rough, or when a storm is approaching, or when an engine shuts down? It’s then the captain’s responsibility to crew and passengers, and to the ship’s stakeholders to make any and all necessary changes to ensure all interests are protected.
Thereafter, when the ship is safely docked, management must review the events that took place and explore options to ensure the same problems don’t reoccur. Management must identify ways to improve performance by developing strategy and executing on tactical plans to accomplish objectives at all required intervals – short, mid and long-term.
Change requires thought and planning, just the same as operating a successful business. As change occurs, many within the business are exposed to decisions that on the surface appear to be “drastic or severe” and are not understood and/or agreed upon.
But what is typically not realized are areas of weakness and vulnerability that must be addressed and with the utmost sense of urgency. In many cases there are common denominators across multiple areas of the business. Most will be directly attributable to reduction in sales. Some will adversely affect profitability.
Unfortunately, financial concerns are back and now even more so than during the economic downturn of 2008-2012. And as was the case back then, deficiencies, previously overshadowed by high sales levels are standing out once again like sore thumbs.
Accepting these facts while realizing limitations and shortcomings is vitally important but knowing what and how to improve [and change] is required. Being proactive and acting now is paramount!
Change what needs to be changed. Prioritize changes that will make the most immediate impact. Grow into the changes that aren’t urgent. However, do it all within the time frame where challenges present themselves as survival may be dependent upon the same. Change, as unpopular as it might be, is necessary to recover AND to move forward.
To this end, hard decisions must be made – with absolute conviction and without delay for the good of the business and ultimately, for all within the business. Yes, change is difficult. But so is failure, and failure is not an option!
Action. Not Just Words!
Change is necessary. Change is imminent. Don’t procrastinate. Do not put your head in the sand, thinking whatever is prompting change will miraculously disappear. Change requires taking swift action. After all, just as shit happens, change happens, too. And neither should be ignored!
So, I leave you with this… Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Do you have what it takes to cross the finish line to success? In the face of change, are you committed to staying the course, yet doing whatever is necessary to succeed? Are you prepared to address change head-on?
Which brings us back to the Acceler8Success mantra… Act swiftly. Act decisively. Make it happen. Make it count!
Have a great day. And yes, make it happen and make it count!