Change is not easy. But it is simple. Things will always change. We don't
have a choice about that, but we do have a choice on how we react to change.
The choice really boils down to this: Either we manage change, or it will
As a leader, however, deciding to make changes is the easy part. Getting
your people on board is much more difficult. Why is that? Quite simply,
change is an emotional process. We are all creatures of habit who usually
resist it, and welcome routine. Unchartered waters are scary! In the long
run, however, sameness is the fast track to mediocrity. And mediocre
companies won't survive. Tuli Kupferburg said it best, when patterns are
broken, new worlds emerge. And that is your challenge to convince your team
that the new world you are trying to create is better than the one you're
in. Is it easy? Of course not. It takes planning, commitment, patience, and
The truth, of course, is that change can be a wonderful gift. In fact, it is
the key that unlocks the doors to growth and excitement in any organization.
And, most importantly, without it, your competition will pass you by. A big
part of success, as a leader, will be your ability to inspire your team to
get out of their comfort zones; to assure them that even though they are on
a new path, it's the right path, for the right reasons.
Assoc Professor Dato' Dr Saharuddin Abdul Hamid,
Faculty of Maritime Studies and Marine Science,
University Malaysia Terengganu,