Vision and Change

Vision and Change

Resistance to Change

Realizing a compelling vision often means change, accepting new perspectives, and abandoning old habits and techniques.

Many times the necessary changes require doing things differently. Lofty aspirations may involve outsourcing, merging, building strategic alliances, partnering, or acquiring other resources or organizations. It could mean selling off pieces of existing business that no longer fit strategically. It could involve restructuring your organization. What does it mean to you? There are tremendous risks in maintaining the status quo and doing it because “we have always done it that way.” It means that there is no longer validity in the expression, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” The operative phrase today is, “How can we make it better?”

As Margaret Wheatly observed,

“I believe that we have only just begun the process of inventing the new organizational forms that will inhabit the 21st century. To be responsible inventors and discoverers, we need the courage to let go of the old world, to relinquish most of what we have cherished, and to abandon our interpretations about what does and doesn’t work. We must learn to see the world anew.”

It is important to erase boundaries between different parts of the organization so that processes, production, and communication flow seamlessly and swiftly. People who are involved in the processes should also be involved in examining how they and the organization can get better and quicker. Improving quality and speed while reducing cost and complexities can create a significant competitive advantage. The objective is to eliminate as many non-value-added, time consuming steps in a process as possible through simplification, elimination, and concurrence. People must be focused on taking the frills out of core business processes in order to focus on the results rather than activities.

“Most companies squander 10 to 20 percent of revenue in support of wasteful products or procedures … at Kodak, waste drained an estimated 1.6 billion to 3.2 billion … sharpen their pencils. Cut costs and shorten organizational cycles in everything.” ~ George Fisher, former Chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak.

This process will quicken responsiveness, show major improvement to the bottom line, and it can be done fast. Competition leaves little choice. An organization must continuously do things better and faster or it will die. If you do the things that you have always done and expect different results, you are engaging in institutional insanity. If you want different results, you must do things differently, or you must do different things.

Far too many people make the mistake of believing that you just have to work harder. Remember the first rule of holes: “When you are in one—quit digging.” Sometimes success requires doing things in a dramatically different way or making radical changes.

There may be people who will resist change because it is different or new. Resistance to change is a common and universal malady. Therefore, understanding some of the barriers to change may help in creating and implementing successful growth strategies. Some common barriers to change and innovation are:

  • Lack of data makes decision making difficult
  • Personal goals conflict with professional goals
  • Management behavior discourages implementation
  • Employees don’t understand or really want to make the change
  • Poor communication of vision, values, and mission
  • Recognition and appraisals are inconsistent with attaining goals
  • Unwillingness to develop new goals
  • Lack of process or structure

Addressing resistance to change becomes a major focus and an integral part of a unified implementation strategy.

About Dr. Surya

Using Quantum Physics and business research, Dr. Surya explores the correlation between the science of consciousness and patterns in the business world, to suggest innovative ways of using this wisdom to lead and succeed in a business environment that is constantly evolving at a rapid pace. Self-awareness is the awareness of the self as separate from the thoughts that are occurring at any point in time. Without self-awareness the self perceives and believes the thoughts that are occurring to be who the self is. Self-awareness gives one the option or choice to choose thoughts being thought rather than simply thinking the thoughts that are stimulated from the accumulative events leading up to the circumstances of the moment. Along with his work as an Author, Writer, Blogger and popular Internet Radio Talk Show Host, Dr. Surya is in-demand as a public speaker. Clients include small to large corporations and individuals.
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