Change – Fear it or Face it?

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Us mere mortals are creatures of comfort.  Not many of us particularly enjoy change, especially in the workplace. It can leave us feeling unsettled and anxious which often results in a knock on effect on our performance.

But change is inevitable.  To grow as both individuals and businesses we need to learn to embrace it.  If we do the same things everyday, we WILL get the same results.

If we look at some of the most successful companies worldwide they have all undergone significant change over time.  From personnel to products to operations.   They have adapted their business in line with economical, environmental, technological and sociological developments.

If we take Kodak as the perfect example, in 1975 one of the developers came to them with an idea for a digital camera. He had a vision, he saw the opportunity to change the status quo.   They developed the product in 1975, the first of its kind however within a matter of months the product was dropped for fear it would threaten Kodak’s photographic film business.  The Senior Management team couldn’t imagine why anyone would choose digital pictures over print.  Well, we all know how this one ended and to no surprise by the 1990’s Kodak were struggling and desperately trying to jump on the digital bandwagon.  And Why?  They’d missed the opportunity, failed to take a chance, failed to change.

With this in mind, I want you to consider your own career and/or the business you work in.  Ask yourself the following questions:

Are you doing the same thing in the same way that you were doing 1 year, 5 years or 10 years ago?

Do you stick to the tried and tested methods of working?

Do you go for the safe option, rather than taking a risk?

Do you ever find yourself saying, “we’ve always done it this way”

If you answered yes to any of the above, then the likelihood is your playing it safe.  And, there is nothing wrong with playing it safe but if you really want to get ahead in life then you have to take educated risks, make changes.  Not all will pay off but in my experience if you want it bad enough and you work hard enough to achieve it then you won’t fail.

Remember growth and comfort never co-exist!

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