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Friday, July 6, 2012

HOW TO MANAGE UNCONTROLLED CHANGE

HOW TO MANAGE UNCONTROLLED CHANGE
What do you do when change suddenly explodes all around you? Though this can be unsettling, I suggest you take a long hard look at the volcano. There is no way you can stop it from blowing out lava without becoming vapor yourself. Doing nothing seems like a practical plan.  Keeping damage to a minimum is another. Letting it all come out allows you to see problem the volcano had hidden for so long.
However, even as the volcano erupts you must know that things will never be the same again. Things will never return to the blissful past. For one the landscape will change forever. While people watch the volcano and wonder why you are doing nothing, you have the opportunity to study the emerging new paradigm and plan to make the most of the new landscape once things settle down.
In fact, as soon as you have an idea where things are likely to settle into place, accelerate these conditions and advance to positions of advantage way ahead of anyone else. Once the volcano is done and cold and the lava is no longer holding everyone’s attention, you will be settled in the position the other people now need. They will come to you for the way forward. The strategy to manage uncontrolled change is not to manage it, but to lead the way forward.
Allan

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