Tag Archives: change

God and fishes

So, if there’s no God, who changes the water?

New Yorker cartoon of two goldfish in a bowl

Light bulbs and psychiatrists

How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?Only one, but it takes a really long time and the light bulb has to want to change.



A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

Winston Churchill

Change and progress

Change is certain, progress is not.


Hardware and software problems….on the lighter side

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? “Well the diagnostics say it’s fine buddy, so it’s a software problem.”


Topic moment

When it gets to be your turn, they change the rules.


Maximizing career efforts

An anonymous at Only positive news writes an article trying to give another look at career changes (full story at http://www.only-positive-news.com/archives/1384).

The main message is to take care of planning your career changes but not to be worried if an occasion is missed, because occasions come and go and another will sooner or later take place.

Three main points are underlined:

  • reflect on what you really want to do, your ideal end point: good thing to do. And let me add one more thing: while makes sense to aim a little bit on top of your real aspirations, is not wise to aim too much higher. While could be usefull in a real short term time, the risk is either that you “burn” yourself or that your salary won’t be reasonable for this position, making you un sellable again
  • identify your options against your fixed goal: true and try to think a little wider than your preferred area.
  • take a series of linear, sequential steps to get there. But leave yourself enough flexibility to modify them

This post as a comment also at http://www.only-positive-news.com/archives/1384#comment-5526

Change and man

Of all the forces acting on man, change is the most beneficial and the most cruel.


Change and progress

Change is certain, progress is not.


Change management taken seriously

An anonymous, reported by Ilead365 (http://www.ilead365.com/) spends some words on difficulties of change management, saying that “[…] changing an organisation is more like navigating an oil tanker than sailing a yacht”.

Of course is another case where dimensions count ( 😀 lol!): is a different effort and challenge if you deal with a big organization or a small one.

In both cases, you need to handle change with all kind precautions you can, but strategies may be different and, in my experience, there’s no rule of thumb or “one size fits all” approach.

Change is more like handcrafting than mass production.

Changing a big organisation can be compared to turning a  big ship or truck in small space. It takes some factors that cannot be ignored: view and experience, target, patience, time.

View and experience: you cannot go though a change without knowing which are the dimensions of the road you’re taking. This goes through a deep analysis of working impacts for each involved target (that should be identified in advance of starting the analysis. You should ask: “how this change affects the target group? how can I make this transition easier? When does the change starts and ends?”

Target: always set where you want to go, with intermediate and measurable goals. A clear guidance is one of the success keys. If you change idea and direction reacting, the risk is that too much road is traveled for little change of position.

Patience: Everybody in a change is in a hurry, and those who lead (managers or not) have goals and tasks to accomplish, and sometimes lack the necessary patience. When patience lacks, managers tend to tend to take care of problems in first person with the results of diminishing the reliability of people involved and, as a consequence, of reducing the size of the “leading group”. This brings extra effort to solve the situation and get them onboard again.

Time:  is a directly linked with patience, because time is the key to success. Changing an organization is like making a good wine. Is not enough to have grapes: you need time, patience and method to have something more than grape juice.

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