Throw Pillows Saved My Marriage

One of the ladies I worked with was celebrating her 5th anniversary in her 8th marriage. After her 7th marriage ended, she went to a counselor who suggested she could get her change needs met by purchasing new throw pillows and keeping her husband. She is definitely a change agent! Are you a high change person? Do you get an adrenalin rush when you announce a change at work or see “new and improved” on a product and you have to put it in your shopping cart? Many people thrive in a fast-paced, high change environment and constantly look for new and better ways of performing their job. They believe that if you’re not changing, you will get left behind. These individuals frequently haven’t finished implementing the last change before they begin working on the next new idea. They tend to be creative problem solvers and help organizations become what they “could be” rather than stay as they are. Many people thrive in an environment with established processes, which create efficiencies and get proven results. They implement change when it makes sense to them and they see the benefit. These people are dependable, consistent, and get reliable results. If they don’t see the benefits of the change, they will be late adapters. They will sit back and wait for others to try the new way of doing things and see what results they get before they decide to implement the new process. Both styles add value, however in very different ways. The challenge occurs when they need to work together and rely on each other for success. The change agents...

Is It A Snake?

By the light of my flashlight, I crept up the 8 foot platform’s vertical steps to my tent on the first night of my Kenyan Safari.   The platform was designed to keep animals from visiting us in the night.  As my flashlight swept inside the tent, it rested upon a large round lump under the covers of my bed.  It looked like a snake had coiled under my covers and was enjoying a night of slumber. My heart raced as I stared at the lump.  Snakes are at the top of things that truly scare me.   I considered my options. Option A:  I could get our tour guide to rescue me and live with his teasing and a blemish on my reputation. Option B:  I could attempt to deal with it on my own first and then get the tour guide to help me, hopefully preserving my dignity. Option C:  I could do nothing and see if I could sleep on the floor of another tent. With my heart racing and panic setting in, I chose Option B.  I had no plan other than to pull the covers back and face my fear.  I hoped instincts would take over after that!  As panic mounted and my heart pounded harder, I counted to 3 and threw back the covers, 1 . . . 2. . . 3! I collapsed in laughter and relief as I stared at the hot water bottle that had been placed in the sheets to warm my bedding. How often in business do we look at change with fear of the unknown?  How often do we...