Change Agents need long focus (IT Toolbox Blogs)

So you want to be a change agent?  That’s great.  It’s a noble profession filled with names your mother would recognize. 

 

Just realize that it’s also got about a 50% failure rate – and you’ve heard of very few of those people.  They go down to obscurity with their change efforts.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for change agents.  I like to lead change myself.  But it’s hard and risky.

 

One of the things that lately I’ve been noticing is that when you want to bring about change, there is no stepping back or relaxing.  It’s not like one day you decide to be a change agent, and the next you can go off on vacation.

 

Change takes a long time.  Along the way there are dozens and dozens of opportunities for the whole thing to end up in the dustbin.  Left to itself, change will take a left turn when you least expect it, and end up somewhere you don’t want to go.

 

If you want to be a change agent, then get ready for a long run of always on.  So long as the change is underway, you’ve got to be there with your eyes open.  It’s a tough gig, but that’s what it’s about.

 

If you don’t stay engaged the entire way, be ready for everything to go a little (or a lot) squirrely when you look away.  Change is like that. It will take strange turns when you least expect it.  When you do regain focus, you’ll be disappointed at how much work you have to do to get everything back on track.

 

I don’t want to discourage anyone away from pursuing this course.  I do want you understand what you’re in store for so you aren’t (overly ) surprised.

 

Good luck out there.  Lots of change is needed.  Pick yours and go for it!  Just don’t back off until you’re done.

 

 

Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 26, 2017 at 08:12AM

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