I want to introduce an excellent speach I heard just this morning. The topic was compelling because it deals with right now, at this moment and the changes and troubles we “appear” to be facing. The speaker focused the attention on an Alan Greenspan book, “The Age of Turbulance.” Mr Greenspan talks about the single most significant event in our [meaning the world] history was the fall of the Great Wall. The Berlin Wall. The reason why this was so significant to Greenspan, to the speaker, to me and hopefully now to you, is the idea of “Creative Destruction.” This concept is a natural phenomenon, but was termed by Joseph Schumpeter. What was learned from the Great Wall falling was that the East was actually producing 35% of what the West was able to produce. They learned that while the West was advancing in technology, engineering and management, the East was very stagnant, producing at the same capacity for the same amount of time. This is significant and not natural.
The old adage says “No one likes change”. I don’t really think “the change” is the issue, I believe it’s more the process of changing. I have observed that people just don’t know how to change without disrupting their status quo and in turn make their lives better. This article explores why change is difficult and ways to facilitate change in your organization.
Have you ever wondered how people adapt to paying high gas prices, having one child and then four or changing careers after 20 years? It’s cultural adoption and it is part of all aspects of life! In some cases, it is forced upon you and in others it is welcomed, but in all cases it required transition.