Before We Have To, Otherwise It’s Too Late

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“Change before you have to.”

–     Jack Welch (b. 1935), legendary business leader and long-time Chairman and CEO of GE

People love to bash Welch now that GE’s recent struggles have crippled the once-great company.  Bashing the man who built it is completely misguided and dopey.

Jack Welch set the standard for leadership development, succession planning, strategy and growth (legitimate, sustainable growth) during his time at GE.  The market changed a lot on September 11, 2001, and Jack was out of the role about a week prior to that.  He built an incredible enterprise, primarily by changing, before he had to.

“Change before you have to” is truer today than ever.

If we find that the market has moved such that we have to change, we’re probably too late.  If we’ve become less relevant, we have time, but not very much time.  If we’ve become irrelevant, we’re too late. Game over.  Turn out the lights when you leave.  Or, prepare for radical, mind-bending change, which sounds icky, even to a change-comfy guy like me!  When we’re relevant, aware, hungry and intent on leading — that’s the time to consider changes; big, small and in-between.

Human nature is to resist change.  The most-quoted line in the 15-year history of the Daily Difference is from my friend Dr. Tom Graf:

“Change will only occur when the fear of change is overcome by the pain of remaining the same.”

Leaders create an environment where success is the most likely outcome.  Where we can feel the pain of remaining the same before it becomes debilitating.  Leaders, Difference Makers, create an environment and an expectation for change — the kind that keeps us growing, learning, leading and making a difference for our clients, customers, loved ones — and for ourselves.

 

 

 

 


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