TRIPLE III TIME: Change… Just for the Sake of Changing?
Make no mistake… I consider myself a CHANGE AGENT. What do I mean? What is a CHANGE AGENT? Well… Google says:
“A CHANGE AGENT is a person from inside or outside an organization who helps an organization or part of an organization to transform how it operates. A CHANGE AGENT will promote, champion, enable and support changes to be made in an organization. They focus on people and the interactions behind them.”
OK… now that we all know what a CHANGE AGENT is… how does that fit with this week’s TRIPLE III TIME message title: Change… Just for the Sake of Changing?
Well first it is important for me to report that MANY times during my career I have been questioned and criticized for driving Change… Just for the Sake of Changing! “We’re showing good progress already… change might be bad!” “The way we are structured should be fine for at least another year… why change now?” “We have just gotten ourselves organized around the changes you made last month, why insist on even more?” These are examples of the arguments I have listened to as a result of my CHANGE AGENT initiatives… and yes, they have merit.
However, here is the “flip-side”. I believe organized work-based change… even just for the sake of change is a strategic personnel development engagement. Just like the aging process… you can’t stop it… just as you can’t stop change impacting your workplace. True you can avoid it… delay it or even deny it… but something somewhere is changing in your workplace everyday… EVERYDAY.
So, if your group can begin to view organized change as something to expect and maybe even look forward to… your drive to Change… Just for the Sake of Changing may no longer be viewed as an organizational negative but rather another step toward strategic progress!