For the last few months I’ve been on a contract with one of Silicon Valley’s largest high-tech firms. Each day I consult on the topic of change management as the organization moves to make significant changes to its pricing structure. When people ask me about the best way to execute change I think back to the many times life has required a change of me. Despite my professional capabilities in this area, there were occasions when I had to sit myself down and purposefully remind myself of the need to tie my changes to where I wanted to be long-term. In short, that I needed to refrain from allowing short-term issues to impact my core driving practices or daily choices.
Most corporate CEOs will tell you that it is often when times are tough that the time to break away from the pack most clearly presents itself. Unfortunately, there are so many opportunities to stay in a secure place; to keep from changing. The known, no matter how suboptimal, is frequently preferred to the change process by many. Such is often the way in industry. When an organization is at the top of its game it can be awkward to think about changing. However, that’s precisely the time to change. Doing so allows the continued opportunity to remain at the front of the pack where there is significantly less dust (or competition).
Is life asking a change of you this week? Perhaps your change is made up of a new relationship, career choice, or even a different life style. Whatever the topic you can be sure there will be a multitude of opportunities to second guess your choices – DON’T. This is the time to remind yourself that there are very few things that cannot be changed. Everything else allows for do-overs and/or u-turns. Move forward with those stretch goals. Worst case scenario you fail and have to try something new.