Sat, 30 Jan 2010 Feature Article

How does change happen?

How does change happen?

How does change happen? This is perharps one of those eternal questions that carry both simplicity and depths of complexity. Is your belief defined by your role or is your role defined by your belief? We attach names like Colo, Stubborn. Anti-progress. Inflexible. Old school. etc to people in our organizations that resist change. Seldom do we speak of the traditionalists in flattering terms. When was the last time you heard a colleague praised for displaying prudence or circumspection? We admire the innovators and futurists, not the purists.

In leadership, impeding change isn't trendy nowadays. Need evidence? Tune into the national news and watch political opponents jockey for position as the candidate of CHANGE. Obama rode on change. Attah-Mills did same. Sameness and stability are out; newness is in vogue.

As leaders, we face the daunting challenge of inspiring change. Consequently, the resistors of change can easily become our chief adversaries. We may see them as obstacles to be rolled aside, pushed uphill, or sidestepped and left to collect dust.

The secret to getting ahead is getting started."
~ Mark Twain
"One today is worth two tomorrows."
~ Ben Franklin
"If you can't feed 1,000 people, then feed one."
~ Mother Teresa
"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

(The author Fred Amese is a social commentator, an entrepreneur, lobbyist and strategist. He is the host of several radio talk shows including 'societal issues' an hourly weekly talk show on North star 92.1MHz and currently a student at the School of Medicine and Health Science UDS Tamale. He welcomes your views via [email protected] or 0240 477365).