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Move on ….

It’s got to be done, but it’s never easy.

I said Good-bye to my nephew in Trivandrum and headed for the station – to catch a train to Cochin; every time he has just one question to ask: “Do you have to go now?” And that makes it terrible for me; I think up something nice to say, promise to come back soon and make a quick getaway. 

When he was a baby the departures used to be moments of distress on both sides – he would bawl away telling us not to go and my wife and I would leave with tears welling up in our eyes. Now he is older and has friends to play with, so my departure is not a big issue any more; he has learned a bit more about life …. or he has moved on!

Well, this is a business blog, so let me get back on track. There are many ways people and organisations get stuck in a rut:

– believing that there is just one of doing things,

– that we are right all the time and others are wrong

– that we have already learned all there is to learn in our subject

– the processes we are following now will be good for all times to come

– there is no need to improve the quality for service

– our products are so good we don’t have to innovate any further

– we don’t have to practice regularly to stay in touch

Such thinking can have disastrous consequences. The list of beliefs, notions and feelings that stop us from making a change are just endless! The list of businesses that failed and careers that were doomed on account of their inability / unwillingness to change is too large to mention here.

Why do we get stuck? Because it is comfortable, convenient and cost-effective; or so we think!

It’s only much later that we realise our folly – that we were digging a hole to bury ourselves.

If only we had done this earlier is the thought that agonises people who finally decided to move on! All change is painful and uncomfortable – but that is the only way we can survive. Getting stuck is akin to hastening extinction!

How do we initiate the move?

–  Study all that is happening around you?

–  Listen to what customers or your associates are saying about product and service quality?

–  Confirm that our methods / practices are as effective as they were earlier?

–  Check whether the processes are making work-flow smooth and satisfying customers.

–  Do customers still like our products or are they seeking a competing brand?

If you have been studying the situation regularly and staying abreast of the changes the transition won’t be as painful or difficult.

These days my nephew and I use the phone or GTalk to stay in touch – the conversations can last an hour and cover a dozen topics; it helps us fill up the spaces between our meetings. You have to find your own methods to transition from the old and wasteful and adopt all that’s current and effective. Hanging on to the old is only going to make it worse for you.

Moving on sure is painful, but that’s the only way we can go forward!

  1. Jamy
    June 4, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Change is the only thing that is consistent in life and a successful business gets better and better as management keeps it eyes open to newer and more innovative ways to stay ahead of the competition…. again as I have mentioned before, easier said than done; but that’s the way forward!

    • JayadevM
      June 4, 2012 at 6:28 am

      That’s right, Jamy!

  2. June 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

    If we need to progress in a business we need to change,to improvise and find newer ways of impressing our clients keeping in trend with the changing world.If not we get stuck in the same rut and stagnate while your rivals overtake you.We have to constantly access and keep ourselves upto date if we have to be ahead of others.Change is inevitable however much we dislike it at times..but it is the only way forward…we hold onto the old because it gives us some kind of comfort or security never realising it could soon become stale if we do not move ahead with t passage of time.,…there is always something better out there!!!

    • JayadevM
      June 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Kathy

      I agree with your views. Am reminded of the line from Dr. Spencer Johnson’s book : What would you do if you are not afraid!

      The opportunities are huge!

      Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts.

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