Excerpt Originally by Stephen Vincent
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, in a HBR blog, reveals the 10 most common reasons why people don’t like change, such as:
– Loss of control
– Excess uncertainty
– Dislike of surprises
– Doing something differently creates confusion
– Concerns about competence
– More work
We should not be afraid of change, we should embrace it. For individuals, change is the path to both personal and professional growth, the path to a happier life.
For businesses, change is the drive to more opportunities, to increase in market shares, to the development of new products…
Now, take the time to think… How would your company be different:
-if your staff were inspired about change, rather than paralyzed by it?
-if your leaders could raise performances to meet the oncoming changes, and innovate their way into the future?
-if you knew which trends were impacting your industry today and how to position your thinking favorably for the future?
In today’s competitive market place, you need to stay relevant to survive. The Council on Global Competitiveness’s March 2005 landmark report stated that “innovation will be the single most important factor in determining America’s success through the 21st century (…). The past 50 years we have optimized our organizations for efficiency and quality. But the next 50 years we must optimize ourselves for innovation.” Innovation is about changing the game.
In a complex and ever-changing economic environment, innovation is critical for companies to survive. Roland Moreno, the French inventor of the chip on your VISA or MASTERCARD promoted what he called “permanent chaos“: a permanent state of mind that employees must have to foster innovation.
Many people think innovation is primarily a R&D function. But innovation should be understood to include the entire value chain: from R&D to engineering, manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing, and even facility utilization and investment strategy. Only a few innovations will be blockbusters. Some will result in incremental changes, but that doesn’t make them any less important.
One of Zappos’ core values is to embrace and drive change. “We are ever evolving. If we want to continue to stay ahead of our competition, we must continually change and keep them guessing. They can copy our images, our shipping, and the overall look of our web site, but they cannot copy our people, our culture, or our service. As long as embracing constant change is a part of our culture, they will not be able to evolve as fast as we can.”