Lesson 11º








Accepting Change

We currently live in a world which is permanently changing, what is worth something today is old-fashioned tomorrow. This demands any company to be in a state of constant alert.

This scene of continuous transformation demands the organization to be open to change, to adopt it.

In a competitive world, like the one we live in, you can not be reluctant to change.

This unstableness usually generates anxiety.

Generally, people are reluctant to change, they avoid it, they fear new things; the unknown. This fear usually causes an attitude which is contrary to innovation, people try not to act until they can’t resist anymore, when it is usually too late.

Reacting in the last moment implies lost business opportunities and giving advantages to the competitors.

Adapting to the new times is absolutely necessary to guaranty the survival of a company.

The leader is not only worried abut change, but he finds within himself a fountain of opportunities.

He knows that if he reacts before the competitors have time to react, he has many possibilities of winning.

The leader promotes a culture that favours change.

The leader tries to anticipate change; he tries to promote it, to lead it.

Combat the continuity (this is done this way because it always has been done this way); the effects of this attitude can be really harmful.

We can talk about two types of change:

An unforeseen change, overnight, like a shock that everyone encounters. This change is so evident that the company perceives it immediately and reacts.

However, there is one type of change which is more dangerous - it is the gradual change, the change which happens gradually, almost undetected. When the company wants to react it is already too late, the company is out of the game.

Only someone that looks towards the future, that is permanently looking towards the horizon, looking for any sign of evolution, is capable of perceiving these gradual changes in their initial stage, with time to react and win territory over the competitors.

The leader continuously tries to anticipate the possible future scenes, taking measures to be prepared.

Besides, in these unstable moments, the leader has to instil confidence into his employees.

Transmitting the feeling that everything is under control, that the organization has a helmsman that is alert and prepared and that who know how to guide to success.