7 times the speed of change can change…faster

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Change takes time. There are no “quick fixes” in the world of change leadership. I’ve seen many leaders try to rush change through only to destroy themselves, the organization they are trying to change, or the change they are trying to make.

There are occasions, however, when the speed of change can change. There are unique opportunities where change can be introduced and implemented quicker than other times. The leader should be careful to strategically plan each change, but taking advantage of these times can help facilitate change faster.

Here are 7 times the speed of change can change…faster:

When the leader is new – The honeymoon period is real. Honestly, from recent experience, I believe that period is becoming shorter than it may have once been. I don’t know how long this period will last, perhaps a few months or up to a year, but change seems almost expected in the beginning days.

When the change is imminent – There are times when everyone agrees something must be done. When a needed leader unexpectedly resigns, for example, no one likely questions the change in staffing to hire someone new. When “it is what it is” there is an expectation to make a change.

When the organization is new – In the early days of an organization, time can move quickly. Everything is new and so change may come rapidly.

When there is a crisis at hand – I’ve seen this in government, the church and among individuals. When something happens that shakes the core of your being and scares people they’ll be more accepting of any change that may keep it from happening again. (Warning: Sometimes these changes are regretted once emotions heal.)

When there is overwhelming support – There are times you can move swiftly simply because the support is overwhelming. That can be dangerous if the change isn’t good, but public opinion does impact change.

When situations are beyond control – Sometimes you can’t do anything to stop needed change. When government, or other powers, demand change, you can rebel or you can change…quickly.

When you aren’t concerned about the outcome – There are times when the results simply don’t matter much in the scheme of things. We schedule baptisms almost any Sunday. Sometimes we may not have a baptism scheduled, but knowing baptisms help fulfill our key function as a church, we will quickly change our schedule to accommodate.

There are probably equally good illustrations for refusing to make change quickly. (There are probably even 7 of them.) Feel free to share them with me and my readers.

When have you seen the speed of change change?

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6 thoughts on “7 times the speed of change can change…faster

  1. Not very many times, except for the ONE Change when we accept Jesus in our hearts, this an instantaneous change in our destiny, yet our salvation is “worked out” from the inside out and that takes purposeful experiencing! I am just one that is of the opinion that deep change comes from the inside out and that takes quality vital-vertical God time! I also think disasters bring about quick external change, but when the shock wears off, we find it is not a deep change unless it reached the heart. Shock And Awe to me does not change people deeply, because the human condition in this culture, this age, is masked by so many layers, that we truly don’t hit the end of deceptive masks until they are peeled off one by one and that takes time and an open, vulnerable heart. So I am a skeptic about “quick change”! Quick or slow techniques to me matter less, than how deep and wide the heart is open and engaged with God. The stronger you are clinging with constant-consistency to God, postured in full surrender, the change is supernatural in quickness, but even so, sometimes supernatural takes time to bloom full out in amazing fruit… Jesus did not enter His ministry until much later in life, even though the supernatural birth happened, and the change happened slowly after that. I wonder if things change outwardly and things don’t change inwardly, is there change at all? What is the measure of true change? How fast is it? I think Infinite Kingdom purpose can’t be measured in finite time. Does heaven’s clock tick by human time or by Kingdom purposes in play that time out and translate into good Kingdom change, according to God’s Will? Hmmmm… interesting thoughts! Thanks for a very thought provoking post!
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  2. WEII! Ron now sure how I stumbled across this, exploring my new world of siberspace. My heart and mind ring true in all you say. It all resonates in "the presence process" where our God give responsibility, opportunity, responsibility, to chOOse happens. The A-D are they book or articles? Results is the only measure of success efforts are to acknowledged and encouraged but NEVER EVER allowed to replace RESULTS. I am a 33 yr old business owner and know of much of this after a few yrs observation after the confusion of the moment settled and the real form the superficial and smoking gun settled. If you would enjoy more sharing you seam to be of a mind set mature and advance to have conversations at as level beneficial to both. Remember results inside me is theONLY measure to settle for.javascript: hideMsgBox();
    I could go on but time requires results.
    theBEST! 2u david