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Change is inevitable… except from a vending machine. – Robert C. Gallagher

ChangeJarThis week touched on various aspects of change. The one thing that is always constant in business as well as life is change. When the winds of change blow, we have two alternatives: to accept the change or resist it. Either can be a right choice.

I guess the exact opposite of the blowing winds of change are when things around us suck. If we find things becoming stagnant and we are not able to move out of our rut, we have two alternatives: to change things or accept the status quo. Either could be a wrong choice.

The analogy that always seems to fit life alternatives is the old railroad crossing sign: Stop, Look, Listen. Take a break from scurrying about and observe the situation closely. Study alternatives and then react. Taking action first may accomplish something different, but as we know, all change is not for the better.

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September 16 - Please Pardon the Inconvenience – The sign at the door of the supermarket said, “Thank you for your patience while we remodel our store.” Since the store was open 24-hours a day, there was no down time for the destructors to do their work. – more –



September 17 – Managing Culture Change – The inflated role that human resources professionals profess to have on culture change in the workplace needs to be tempered with a little reality. One of the most important functions in any business is strong, knowledgeable, and professional HR leadership… – more –




September 18 - L.O.V.E. It to Change It – Several years ago there was a scholarly article published by the Harvard Business Review, The Hard Side of Change Management. As the title implies much discussion on change management is on soft issues such as culture, leadership, and motivation. While these are unquestionably important factors… – more –



September 19 - When Changes Collide – All transitions involve a change in one or more variables to reach a desired goal. Management of change does not happen in a vacuum and there are always external forces at work to exert enough pull to drive the best laid plans off course. – more –



September 20 – Change Is Not Always the Answer – There was an article published in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network about six months ago titled Change Management Needs to Change. Lately everybody seems to have a new concept of change management, but most are only changing the name to “transformation” or calling it modification or alteration.  – more –