“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.” Leo Tolstoy
The following link will help us unpack that wisdom a bit further.
There are numerous theories, books and papers on the subject of change which can sometimes baffle us and make things appear complicated. So let's have a go at fixing this myth...
As we all know from experience, our businesses are constantly affected by change, e.g. environmental issues, competitive forces, government legislation, the highs and lows of the economy etc.
To adapt to these changes, we should all know that we don't just react and then blindly surge forward. We have to take into account how it is going to affect, not just the balance sheet, as important as this is, but things like our processes, customer service, pricing, staffing and culture.
The same type of approach applies to changing ourselves. Again the 'panic' approach is almost certainly doomed. Here we have to ask, 'What are the knock-on effects of a me-change'? Will it affect my health, my family and other relationships, not to mention the things I hold dear outside of my work space, like leisure time, sport, holidays? It's also important to ensure that my values, beliefs and principles are protected in all 'me-type changes'. After all this is my DNA which impacts on, not just the 'now', but the legacies I am going to carry forward for ever and ever.
Change is challenging but also exciting, and certainly stimulating if we want to make it so. For small business owners, by properly embracing change, and especially where it involves tweaking our own persona, we keep ahead of the pack and minimise the risk of future struggle or failure.
Ted Beecher, BLA Director