Change is Good
Change is good, change is necessary, but it’s not always easy or smooth. Sometimes one can anticipate the impact change will have and sometimes it comes as a surprise. One can get out ahead of change, roll with the change, or fight it to the bitter end. A good illustration of this is happening in Downton Abbey, where both Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, and his butler, Carson, have recently fought change. They both held stubbornly to the old ways that were safe, comfortable, and accepted only to be shocked when change happened anyway.
To be defied was bad enough, but to be challenged by the very women they believed they controlled—and that it was their job to control—was far worse. They are shocked and outraged. I’m behind by an episode but I look forward to seeing how well these authority figures adapt to the inevitability of doing things differently amid the massive changes brought on by WW1.
Change is Necessary
In a third example of changed being forced upon the unwilling, here’s a story by Mike Sauter about seven companies forced to change their names. Some were successful, others not, but they had to react to circumstances or face even greater problems—possibly complete failure.
I’m looking for examples of people getting out in front of change. Last night’s State of the Union address might have done it but I took a migraine pill before it started and fell asleep shortly afterward. If you know of any illustrations of positive change, let me know. I’d love to hear them.