I love continual improvement. I am one of those who actually enjoy change. If things stay the same too long I get bored and begin looking for a new challenge. I even stir things for fun sometimes just to keep life interesting around me. (Sometimes this characteristic gets me in trouble with my wife.)
Personality aside, however, the truth is that not everything needs to be tweaked. Some things are probably working okay, achieving great success, and are best left alone for the time being. Change for the sake of change sake is not always good. When Momma said “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and the other cliché about “the grass is always greener”, she was speaking from some life experience.
There is a fine line between making things better and messing things up. One of the great challenges for the leader is carefully considering the balance between instigating change for the good of the organization or team and allowing progress to continue without interference.
There are some indicators that change could be a good thing:
- When energy is waning in the status quo
- When needed improvement is planned and purposeful
- When the change will result in greater efficiency, returns or profit
- When it is clear a change will be needed soon to remain competitive or relevant
Leaders, how do you determine it is time for change?