Rocking the boat

Rocking the boat
February 17, 2011 Derek Fournier

As a former CEO, I have dealt with numerous situations where significant change had to happen. Invariably, when the topic of change is brought up, two (primary) camps form.

  1. Change very little. (Evolutionary Change)
  2. Change a lot. (Revolutionary Change)

Interestingly, the plan that seems to get implemented regardless of which camp is claimed is a third camp:

3.  Change a few things, overreact to problems and back off (Cluster)

I am a big fan of movies (usually bad ones). I happen to think the following lines from The Karate Kid is particularly germaine:

Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel: Yeah, I guess so.
Miyagi: [sighs] Daniel-san, must talk.
[they both kneel]
Miyagi: Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later
[makes squish gesture]
Miyagi: get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do “yes” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,”
[makes squish gesture]
Miyagi: just like grape. Understand?
Daniel: Yeah, I understand.
Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel: Yeah, I’m ready.

You cannot be afraid of big change. Sometimes, you have GOT to rock the boat.

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