Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Adapt or Die!
Changes at work made me want to take up arms, so I cleverly began to read a chapter called “Gaining Control Over Change” from my Secrets of Consulting book by Gerald M. Weinberg.
I expected to get some good advice on how to get people to see things my way, instead Jerry informed me that the best way get changed is to resist change. His answer to managing change was to embrace it.
Another name for embracing change is adaptation. Jerry points out that some organisms adapt in order to survive an increasingly hostile environment. This is also called evolution. Hmmm…
I can manage change by embracing change in an adaptive manner. (Or I can become a dinosaur. And perhaps extinct.)
Those who resist change often begin to act in ways that make them change a lot. Rats. That’s what I’m trying to avoid: big change.
Amazingly, Jerry’s advice on embracing small change in order to survive was comforting. It wasn’t the answer I wanted, but it was one I needed.
That’s why I went to Jerry’s book. He knows stuff.
(Pictures are from an outing Dec. 27th 2008 at the Fullerton Arboretum)