Is Your Business Open To Change?
One of the secrets to staying in business for a long time is your ability to change. Consider a company that has been operating for 20 years. Imagine the number of changes they have had to make to stay relevant. Now, look at a business that has been running for 50 years! They didn’t even have access to computers when they started out. Being open to change is necessary for the long-term survival and success of your business. If you are afraid to change, then you just might find your customers and clients going elsewhere to seek the service or product they need. You need to ensure that your organisation is open to change and the challenges which come with it.
Some people are resistant to change, whether it is in their personal or private life; that is just their nature. However, with the right training, even the most change-resistant person can be taught to view things in a different light. Human beings are amazingly adept at picking up new skills and running with ideas if they believe they are supported and cared for every step of the way.
Sometimes little steps are required to get you where you need to be. Going from 0 to 20 will be a struggle for everyone. But taking the small steps required to alter your thinking, and following up with useful training, can take much of the fear out of change.
Cloud-based technology was relatively unheard of a few years ago, and now here we are using it on a daily basis for our accounting, banking and storage. If a business is not open to change, whether technological or otherwise, they will struggle to evolve or even keep up with their competitors.
A forward-thinking approach must be adopted by the whole organisation in order for it to be successful. Keep an eye on the industry and do the research to see what your competitors are up to. Stop making excuses for change and be open to the possibilities around you. Have you heard yourself say any of these phrases recently?
- It’s just not the right time.
- It’s too risky.
- We can’t afford it.
- It is too difficult.
- Why rock the boat?
- Maybe we can address that later.
Sometimes you may not even realise you are sabotaging the growth and success of your business by failing to take even a small risk.
Innovative companies are willing and open to change on a regular basis. They are less fearful and resistant to the forces around them. If something unexpected happens to your business, would you be able to cope? Or would you crumple into a little ball because you have to consider doing something different to make it work? Innovative organisations would assess the situation and immediately try to find a workaround. This should be your aim. It then becomes not so much a problem to face, but a challenge in which to overcome. Failure to adapt can spell disaster for your business.
If you anticipate change and have set people, procedures and processes in place, the less scary it will seem to be. You will be one step ahead of your competitors by facing the unknown head-on and, in fact, you may find yourself seeking change rather than just reacting to outside forces. Change can be an extremely positive thing for everyone in the organisation, particularly if things have not been running as efficiently as they could have in the past.
Make change a part of your corporate culture. Encourage your staff to be forward-thinkers. Give them the opportunity to seek out new ideas and allow them to research ways in which the company can better their strategies. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.