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You got to roll with it

Change is the only constant. Change is opportunity, crisis, strength and weakness all rolled into one. If you are a “Who moved my cheese” fan (I’m more of a Johnny Bunko fan) then you know that it is you who decides how you will feel about a change and how you respond to the change can make a big difference.
And it is certainly easier to say all that when you aren’t going through a change…

My blog has been a bit quiet of late because we have been going through a change at the office, and obviously these things don’t just appear instantaneously.

I find it quite unnerving that when these sorts of changes are in the air, we only talk about them in very hushed tones, only with those who we trust, and only seriously if we have been given an official heads up.  But is secrecy really the way to go?

Argument 1: It may change again.
– Just imagine if we didn’t tell people about things because they might change again.

Argument 2: The secret will get out.
– Chances are it probably already is out.  Plus not sharing doesn’t exactly send a vote of confidence to those around you.

Argument 3: People’s lives are involved.
– There is a grain of truth here about some people being more impacted than others, but once those people are spoken to and involved in the discussion, is there really a problem with this?  Would they be even more likely to want to hear and talk about the opportunities the change is creating in other areas of the business?

At the heart of all this though is something about the way we (don’t) share our ideas before they are completed.  Seth Godin refers to it as shipping.  Getting the product/service/thingy/ idea out there as soon as you can, so that you can get some real feedback on it, make it better based on some of that feedback and the good ideas other people have, involving the key customers so it works best for them – they are the ones who we need to “buy” it after all.

There are lots of reasons why people don’t want to share their idea before it is complete (fear of negative feedback being a big one)…but maybe the possibilities of sharing can be so much bigger & better.
And if it relates to a really big idea, doesn’t that make the possibilities of sharing even better…

Keith

“The key to change…is to let go of fear” – Rosanne Cash

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