It isn’t so much that we hate change. It is that change makes us feel uneasy, nervous, and afraid. Economic factors, competitive factors, and even government regulations may force our workplace to change, but those aren’t the only reasons to consider change.
Change is happening all around us, and for that reason, staying the same may put your survival at the biggest risk. Maybe instead, ask yourself, “Why should we stay the same?” Of course, you’ll give yourself lots of reasons, things like:
- it works
- we’re growing
- we’re exceeding our goals.
If those are your answers maybe you should ask yourself, “How long will that continue?” If those aren’t your answers, you probably already recognize something needs to change. I’m certainly not talking about just carelessly throwing around change efforts, I’m talking about purposeful change for long-term success.
Anything can work for a period of time. Continued success is likely conditioned on how well you change. Staying the same is easy and probably the fastest path to the finish, but in this case, the “finish” is not a line you want to cross.
Perhaps the best question to ask is, “What costs more, change or comfort?”
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, corporate trainer, and keynote speaker that specializes in helping businesses accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. Reach him through his website at http://DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.