Then we hit another problem.
Events happen that create change.
Being change agile has been critical for all of us this last year, life has changed significantly.
World War II
Cast your mind back a few generations. At the outbreak of WWII, the massive change of war impacted every household across the nation. There were repercussions for everyone.
One consequence was that the UK government embarked upon a scrap drive with households all over the nation donating their iron railings and gates to the war effort. It was quite an initiative, creating a feeling of altruistic sacrifice amongst the people of the country. Indeed it was a feel good factor, boosting morale, we were all in this together!
The recycled iron collected was used to create steel for all kinds of uses during the war, ships, tanks, planes, tools etc.
Subsequently mile after mile of iron railings vanished from our streets. Even after all these years, our neighbourhood still has lots of evidence to suggest that great sacrifice was made for the war effort.
Whilst out walking yesterday, we noticed that one of the larger houses in our area had new iron railings installed. They looked great! As we continued our walk, we observed just how many other homes in our community had never replaced the railings. Despite the fact that 80+ years have passed by!
Somehow yesterday, the fact that one home had new iron railings, accentuated the issue, namely there were so many homes that hadn’t done anything in all those years.
So – why is that?
- Our initial thought was perhaps people didn’t have the money to replace the railings? Would that be the case even after 80+ years?
- Perhaps people just aren’t interested in beautifying their homes and replacing the iron railings, its unimportant?
- Could it be that people are just lazy and can’t be bothered?
- Perhaps they like the little iron stubs protruding out of their walls? – No that’s just daft we thought!
- It could be that despite 80+ years passing, it is something that generations of homeowners have never gotten around too?
- Maybe folks like the constant reminder that the iron stubs are an important part of the social history of the area?
- Or after all of those ideas, could it be something completely different – that as yet we haven’t thought of?
What do we learn about the speed of change?
The speed of change at the start of WWII was incredibly fast. The demand for steel accelerated quickly to meet the needs of the war effort. There was a huge need, driving the change.
Post war it seems, the issue of replacement railings has only ever been addressed by a few.
There is nothing now driving the need for change.
It is simply a matter of personal motivation and a few of the factors outlined above. The speed factor, the big event driving the change – has disappeared! Aside from an occasional comment or passing remark, no one is driving the change. Perhaps that it the biggest lesson of all.
What drives change in your own life and in your own community?
- 2019-2020 – 95% of my revenue is face to face, with 5% virtual.
- 2020-2021 – 95% of my revenue is virtual, with 5% face to face.
Dinosaurs are extinct. A seismic cataclysmic change brought their ultimate demise. Currently, many organisations face a similar fate.
The global economic crisis is tightening its grip, daily choking long established companies as well as new players on the world stage. One by one countless organisations are failing. Every organisation large or small is being challenged by this unprecedented time of disruptive change.
Organisations must adapt or they will fail. Governments are grappling daily with the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Whilst frantically, organisations are coming to terms with their new reality.
The Greek root of the word crisis, literally means “turning point” or “decisive moment.”
This is it.
This downturn is changing the way we live and work.
No organisation can stand still. Many are already faltering or in reverse. They must change gear, tailor an agile response and move forward, or like the dinosaurs they too will become artefacts, cast into a museum for us to recall how the once mighty have fallen.
In order to survive organisations, need a breakthrough, a complete paradigm shift from business as usual in order to adapt to the acceleration of external change. In turn they must progress to new ways of working and new norms. A gargantuan effort to find new innovative ways to survive is crucial.
Whatever advanced operating practices, products and services are on offer – they must remain relevant to the new world order.
- Why is change inevitable?
- How are you adapting?
- How agile are you?
- What does your new beginning look like?
- What new leadership behaviours are emerging?
How change agile are you? Do you anticipate, adapt and plan for changes?
As a frequent traveller, I’m always on the lookout for a travel bargain, on flights, trains and hotels. For an upcoming engagement in a few weeks’ time, I’ll be in central London 5 nights straight. Planning ahead (3 months ago) I secured a good rate for those evenings in a central London hotel. Checking my booking a couple of days ago, I discovered that I could get a much better rate only a few weeks before I’m actually due in the city, at an upmarket sister hotel. How’s that? It doesn’t make sense to me? I’m very organised and always like to book well in advance!
Agility, is the ability and your willingness to change quickly to new developments. Speed, nimbleness, dexterity and being fleet of foot all come to mind, in order to adapt to change quickly – it is key to your future. So, pick yourself up and get your running shoes on. You’re absolutely going to need them simply to keep up with the pace of change in the world today.
The algorithms behind these advanced rates on booking sites are complex, but the key to it all is agility! Change is now the expectation – NOT – the exception.
What am I learning?
Agile leaders and agile organisations must be entrepreneurial in their mindset and approach to change – always! Best to check that hotel, train or flight booking again today…. It could be far cheaper now!