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Five Myths About Change: How to Make Change Work For You by Tom Northup Today's global business environment changes constantly. Yet too often companies develop their processes and procedures as if change will never affect them. Managers and employees work in habitual patterns and will resist change unless they buy into it. For many years the telephone never changed. It had a rotary dial on a black base. About fifty years ago, beige colors were added. Push buttons arrived. Now phone features change every few months. For years the investment castings industry, which makes large heavy engineered products, faced no competition from imports. Yet Asian imports are now attacking their top line. We see this phenomenon repeatedly. Transform Your Business Rapidly changing technology and information transmission speed has shortened the business cycle. Faced with these changes, leaders take on a difficult task when they try to drive their companies to realize their vision and deliver sustainable results. They may find the very existence of the organization in jeopardy. Leaders must incorporate transformational not just directional changes. Companies get the results - good or bad - that they are designed to get. If your vision for the future differs from your current situation, if you want different results, then you must change the way you do things. If you don't, how can you expect results that are any different from those you have already achieved? Change, though pervasive, is often misunderstood. Many myths affect our attitudes toward change and limit our ability to proactively accomplish positive change. Too often we react defensively to circumstances that appear beyond our control. Let's take a closer look at five myths about change.
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