Welcome change by plunging in

Too much talking and planning can backfire

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Everyone knows that change is constant. That’s why I’m not a big fan of discussing it endlessly in meetings, task forces and huddles in the hallway.

I’ve found that the more you call attention to impending changes, whether it’s one of those dreaded reorganizations or a new compensation system, the more you sabotage yourself. That’s because the whole reason for making a change is to respond to market forces with speed and efficiency. If you gab about what you’re about to do for four months, then by the time you actually act, it’s too late.

Even if you get everyone’s input after carefully laying the groundwork—and there’s still time to make a difference— you’re probably stuck. That’s because all this democratizing of the process has watered down the size or scope of the change so much that you’ve lost the chance to make the significant strides that you were originally hoping to achieve.

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