Do We Really Want Change?

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Posted April 2, 2010 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand

Another post on change – but yes, it’s important. Change is something we deal with every day. The changing of the seasons, changing of the tides, changing jobs, changing lovers, changing routines. It’s part of our daily existence. So why, then, is it so damn difficult.

Forgive me for not writing down the author of this quote. But it struck me as important. “Change occurs, and we love it, but at the same time what we really want is for things to stay the same, only get better.”

How unbelievably true is that statement? Sometimes we don’t really want change, we just want things to get better.

Yesterday, I posted that a change agent must be a little bit “geeky.” Here’s a list of other things a change agent must be:

  • Geeky
  • Relevant
  • Transparent
  • Visible
  • Risk-taking
  • Collaborative
  • Focused
  • Innovative

To really make change, you have to be and see all of these things in others. Can you really effect change? Do you really want change? First take some time to consider whether or not you are the things listed above. If you’re not, maybe you’re not really interested in change, but really only interested in making things better. Think about that before you talk to your colleagues or your boss about any specific change.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."

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