Change that prevents change
Posted January 20, 2016on:
Last week I read Will Richardson’s thoughts on the constancy of purpose. He lamented how the turnover of leaders might work against positive change.
At first I wondered if this was counter to what he stood for about change. After all, change in leadership is the fastest way to bring in new ideas. However, it is also the fastest way to undo good ideas that need time to be tested and built upon.
If positive change is like growing trees, then enough time, space, and resources must be given for seedlings to take root and grow. If something comes along to uproot those trees, then why bother planting them in the first place?
Richardson was thinking about frequent change that prevents meaningful change. An organisation or a system might have an overall mission, but the people who steer it have different ambitions and agendas. Put the wrong players in place and they will seek to destroy instead of build.