The Secret of Change

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus who lived between 535 BC and 475 BC is credited with saying that life is flux. Life changes as does a river. To cling to the past is to say “no” to growth. Cultural changes, an intersection of multi-generational and diverse values in the workplace, a barrage of information to manage and use productively, and disruptive technologies changing the landscape of work demand a commitment to continual learning, collaboration, and acquiring new skills. Leaders of change need to recognize and be aware of the natural resistance to change that exists within the organization. Leaders need to communicate the rationale and the potential benefits of change, and model a sincere commitment to change within the organization. In the words of Socrates, the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Create, embrace, and celebrate change!

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