Test : Why is change necessary?

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Change is necessary. If it works today we cannot assume it will again tomorrow.

British author Charles Handy has popularized the 'Sigmoid Curve' in his attempt to explain and exhort leaders and managers regarding corporate change. Note the diagram below.

Change at Point A and B...

The diagram indicates that as corporations grow, they rise in a fashion similar to the arrow. When the arrow is at its peak, production ha peaked for the organization in its present mode of operation.

Most corporations do not recognize the need for change until point B, when production has begun to decline. Hardy argues that leaders must have the foresight to predict trends, and change before decline sets in at Point A.

This is because no one else in the organization sees a need to 'fix' what is not 'broken'!

Period of Chaos...

If the leader makes a change at Point A, he will imcur the misunderstandings of others. Then, for the season between Point A and Point B - the organization will experience a period of 'chaos' where everyone feels they are in a state of 'flux', routines have been disturbed, and the security of the familiar is absent. This chaos can only be avoided if the leader waits until it is bvious the change is needed - however, at this point, it is too late to stay on top of the game.

We must change it is obvious.

Constant Growth means Consistent Chaos!

Consequently, if an organization desires to stay on top, they are literally inviting chaos to be their constant companion, as the diagram to the left shows. There will be a consistent trend of change, growth, recognition for more change - an chaos. If leaders and organizations are secure enough to endure it, this chaotic, flexible mode of operation will save their future.

The fact of the matter is - all of us will change with the future. The question is, will we change too late?

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