Change is inevitable. It can be good changes or it can be bad changes, it doesn’t matter, change will happen because time happens. To paraphrase the saying, the one thing in life that you can be sure of is change; it’s your adjustment to change that will make a difference to your business success.
Change may feel uncomfortable, but you must become a change agent if you want your business to be a success and thrive.
Good, bad, or indifferent, today’s world if full of change. Technology has made it imperative that change is a part of your business. Technology itself is constantly changing, often enabling you to run your business more efficiently and effectively. Changes in technology alone makes it necessary for continuing education to be an integral part of your business.
On the downside, technology could make your business obsolete. You must stay current and aware of change in order to know what will boast your business and what could harm your business.
“Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.” William Arthur Ward – Author, 1921-1994
As you evaluate your business strategy for the coming year, add continued education for yourself and for your staff as a part of your yearly plan. With all the tools available now, continued education can take a myriad of forms and range from very inexpensive to very costly. Either way, you must stay current and abreast of changes in today’s world.
During your assessment and planning, consider making changes to your product. Remember to ask your customer, if you don’t regularly do so, how they rate your products and services. You should have a method of evaluation in place that can be conducted in a variety of ways, from the formal to the informal, from one-on-one verbal feedback to focus groups. Consider that customer feedback is a crucial part of ensuring your product viability and your business success. Even small changes at their suggestion can make a big difference.
Next, as part of your planning, pray on any changes you are considering. Be still and listen as God gives you the answers – points you in the right direction to achieve success. The Bible has many examples of the inevitability of change and the importance of looking to God to assist.
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new Creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
If evidence is to be believed, people actually like change, no matter how much they might attest otherwise. For example, you change your home decor, you change cars, you follow the fashion trends and change clothing styles, you change vacation destinations… The list can go on. Keep your business fresh and current by controlling the changes you want to see.
Consider that if one of the most successful companies in the world today, Apple, had not made changes (and did not continue the practice), it very probably would not exist. “Change brings opportunity,” says Nido Qubein, motivational speaker and businessman. Taking advantage of opportunity is what business success is about.
Change, however, does not always receive a welcome embrace. Sudden, unexpected change, least of all. But the survival of your business will always depend on how well you adjust to the sudden unplanned, detrimental changes. While you can’t plan for specific unexpected changes, you can have contingency plans, for staffing to product, to mitigate the negative impact on your business.
Ultimately, change is inevitable. Stay current with continued education; embrace change and the opportunities it presents and make it work for you by using careful business planning. Both education and planning will aid you in controlling the changes you want to see in your business and it will aid you when changes are sudden and negative because you have included contingencies. You will be far less likely to operate in crisis mode.
How has change impacted your business? Has change been positive or negative? Do you plan regularly for changes within your business? Leave a comment; let us know how you view change.
Until next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks