opportunities, but only for those who recognize and seize it. "Seeing is
the first step, seizing the second, and continuously innovating is the
third."3 Innovation redefines
Why Change Fails: 8 Errors Leaders Make
As current products are becoming obsolete faster than ever, in order to
survive and prosper, organizations continually need to improve, innovate and
modify their products and services. The Silicon Valley slogan "Eat lunch and
you are lunch" is more than a reflection of increasingly intense work ethic.
Riding the wave of change is becoming the most important part of the
business. While the economy is shifting and innovation is rampant, "doing it
the same way" is a recipe for corporate extinction.1
Be Different and Make a Difference!
Breaking the Rules
So what separates
extraordinary leaders from proponents of the status quo?
They break the rules. Except, not in an arbitrary or
capricious way. When you look at examples of extraordinary
leadership, like the Founding Fathers of the United States or
Jack Welch of
GE, certain practices or principles become apparent. To
start, there is a
declaration of what the future will be. There is also a
purpose, something to stand for. And finally, there is a clearly
Case in Point
from Jack Welch
Jack Welch, the
legendary former CEO of GE, encouraged colleagues to never stop
thinking about the need for change. He advised his managers:
Start each day as if it were your first day on the job.
Make whatever changes are necessary to improve things.
Re-examine your agenda constantly. Rewrite it, if necessary. In that way
you avoid falling back on old habits.
Welch was telling employees at the factory
level, "Make decision yourself. If you're confident that you are right about
something, don't just sit back and give in: you can change things, and urge
change upon your boss."
is the primary force behind
Entrepreneurial leaders discover emerging business opportunities and
to act on the
They execute through inspiration and develop implementation capacity
networks through a complex web of aligned relationships...
Inspirational Business Plan:
Risk Management Strategy:
"You never change something by fighting the
existing reality. To change something, build
a new model that makes the existing model
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A Clue to Successful Change Management...
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Change Before You Have To...
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Employees to Embrace Change...
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Ability to Change...
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