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Sunday, June 14, 2009

THE ANATOMY OF CHANGE

Metamorphosis. I know you have seen this word before. It is a change in form, structure or function due to development. Often times, this process is unpleasant but it is inevitable because it brings growth and fun to life. No one goes through the continuum of life without change.

Picture a beautiful butterfly. It goes through seasons of mutation from egg to larva, larva to pupa, pupa to imago, and then to a colourful insect. Change is life; life does not exist without change. You do not progress by fighting change but by partnering with it. Spencer Johnson suggests, “Don’t over analyse and over complicate things. When the situation changes, change and move on.”

While commenting on why Microsoft upgrades the Windows software every two to three years, Bill Gates said, “The secret to winning in our business is change. I believe a company can stay on top by making the changes at the right time.” No wonder he was the richest man in the world for over a decade!

The Great Recession is an outcome of change. Change in stocks prices, crude oil price and other economic indices. This change has led to other changes like job loss, pay cut, fear, confusion etc. The key to managing a situation such as this is to effectively manage the change- as change may create a positive or negative impact. Change leads to growth. A promotion from Deputy Manager to Manager for example, is an indication of growth. Nothing makes you grow faster than change.

Change is the most constant life factor; nothing is as permanent as change. The Great Recession would not last forever. Times and seasons do not last, tough people do. Not getting used to change causes distress and frustration.

The greatest restriction to change is you. Change your thoughts and the old traditions that no longer hold water. Understand the times. It is not morning when the day breaks. It is morning when you wake up to change, to a reality or to a discovery. Until then, your success has not begun.

How To Relate To Change.
§ Expect change always. Do not wait until it happens.
§ Do not waste time complaining about the change. Why cry over spilled milk?
§ Do not panic, plan. Think; see the silver lining in the change.
§ Move with the change, positively.
§ Be dynamic. Innovate.
§ Enjoy your new level of growth.
§ Watch out for the next change. Do not get used to anything, everything changes.
This recession season requires constant personal adjustments. Change the thoughts, habits and actions that do not align with the times. This however, does not call for warped thinking and actions. Around every problem lies a sound solution.

We see them all around us- organisations, hospitals, trade associations and people who have refused to change and innovate. They become relics of an old generation. You have a great future ahead of you. Your seasons of growth and promotion are hidden in seasons when you will be required to make slight or major adjustments in your opinions, relationships, environment, thought process, vision, values or strategy. You may need to make a detour or become persistent. You may need to network new people or have a new inspiration for living. Each time you see a butterfly, remember change. Make that change now!


GREAT QUOTES

· Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. -Carl Bard
· Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. -John Wooden
· Human beings, by changing the good attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. - William James



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6 Comments:

  • Really enjoyed this piece. It is indeed motivating and lesson learnt. The format is also ok as it is captivating. Most of us are drawn to stories so it makes one want to read further.

    Please keep it up. It would speak for you. Good work

    Folashade Buoro

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 14 June, 2009 14:08  

  • Tunde, all the best with this new initiative. Kudos.
    Thanks for the inspiring thoughts.

    Tolu Ogunlesi
    2009 Cadbury Visiting Fellow,
    Center of West African Studies,
    University of Birmingham,
    United Kingdom

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 14 June, 2009 14:11  

  • Tunde that was wonderful. Please keep it up.

    I got inspired and learnt a thing or two; you're a very fluid and logically organized writer.

    Jide Akoni

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 14 June, 2009 14:12  

  • This is a great job.
    It is really inspiring.
    Well done Bro.

    Tolu Onipede
    Lagos.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 16 June, 2009 12:50  

  • Your articles are so interesting and thought-provoking.
    Why don't you approach one of these newspapers to give you a space?

    Oladokun Idris

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 21 June, 2009 16:24  

  • very interesting and an eye opener. I strongly agree with ur views , yes i guess,one needs to look inwards in this period of economic recession. In the case of changing jobs or occupation,one needs to make divine enquiries cos the bible has promised an escape for God's people in times like these in job:21 - 29, psalm 32: 18- 19.

    ngozi kalu

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 21 June, 2009 16:43  

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