Change is like driving a car! #28: 2013
The first step in change management is understanding the nature of change: how it happens or doesn’t happen, how it can be managed, and how an inquisitive mind is fundamental to the whole process.
►Accepting that you can’t change the past, no matter how terrible or how much you want to, is only the beginning! The past is just that, the past…all that stuff in your rear view mirror. This sounds very obvious, but as soon as you really accept that you can’t change what has already happened, you can get on with life and truly embrace a new adventure.
On a personal level: you can’t change your childhood. So the quicker you accept that you can’t rewrite history, the quicker you will move ahead. If you don’t, you will constantly be blaming your childhood for all the ills in your life.
In the work world: the quicker you accept the staff for what they are and what they can do, the quicker you can empower them to embrace change and actively move ahead. You can’t change the library’s past, but you can build on it!
►Change requires letting go of the familiar and the comfortable. It is easy and likely comfortable to continue doing things the way they have always been done. In library land we are masters at this! It takes courage to try something new, embrace change and do something differently. The “same old, same old” will not move the library ahead.
►Change also requires truly believing there is something better yet to come. Change doesn’t make sense if you believe what you’re doing is the very best. Change requires that you believe there is a better way to build a mousetrap!
Change is like driving a car and looking at the navigation system instead of the rear view mirror.
Have a great week and may the winds of change be blowing in your corner of the world.
Kitty Pope #28 July 2013