Monday, June 3, 2013

Embracing Change

I just read an article where I was nodding, and uttering silent "uh-huh's" and "amens" think of other people it related to, only to be slapped in the face by the end of it with a very sneaky "this applies to you too" at the end of it.


This article was written with public accounting firms in mind, but I think a lot of the theory can be applied to many businesses and ministries.


It proposes an eighth deadly sin: nostalgia.  It addresses business model ideas that the author proposes are obsolete, such as a professional dress code when you're only among coworkers, promotion track models, and emphasis on physical presence.  My old firm has done a lot toward improving on some of these ideas, but others they're still holding onto.


The turn in the article came toward the end.  One of the reasons cited for leaders holding onto the past was "desiring to defer the work or pain of change until we're well on our way."  I've hoped for or done that.  Ouch!  I've heard of a big change happening, and been glad I was or would be gone from a previous employer or school until after that went into effect.


The article ends with a quote from Helen Keller, "When one door … closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."  Wow.  This was the challenge I needed in moving forward to embrace what's ahead and not dwell on what's gone.

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