Are You an Agent of Change or just a Secret Agent?
(Secret Agent Man Theme from Secret Agent Man)
There are so many factors out there when one asks the question…”What does it take to be a leader?” Well, I don’t know about you, but clearly one of the major factors and answers is that a Leader needs to be an “Agent of Change”.
Why does it take people so long to realize that change is necessary? The old adage that the highest form of insanity is to keep doing what you are doing and expect a different result is so applicable. Don’t mistake my meaning though that change for the sake of change is NOT what I am referring to here. Continual change will result in continual improvement as long as you are following YOUR Plan. Let me point out a major maxim…Some things never change. That’s right. Times Change. Technology Changes. Cultures differ BUT the Principles of Leadership are constant.
Max Dupree said “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are”. Change is inevitable. Change is not new. We have been experiencing change since the beginning of time. Who do you think is the most resistant to change…Leaders or Followers? And the correct answer is…both. You see change is agreeable when it is our idea that change is necessary. A leader must determine that he/she is willing to pay the price required for change. One does not discover new lands without losing sight of the shore for a period of time.
In closing, here are some key points to ponder when it comes to change:
-Reduce your change to the simplest of terms
-Change your thinking to shape your values
-Change your priorities to shape your commitment
-Evaluate as you go or you will stalemate
-Change your habits to improve your results
-Get by in from your Team
Unless you enjoy running the Gauntlet and the pain that goes with it, work your plan and plan your work and make the changes count.
Enjoy some closing music on Change Changes David Bowie