My boss just returned from Gartner’s Symposium/ITExpo 2004 in Orlando. She brought backan interesting document titled "The New Enterprise: 10 Lessons in Constructive Demolition" ©2002 published by Gartner, Inc.. The document presents lessons learned in building an "real-time" organization by tearing down the walls that restrict information flow. The pamphlet was a really quick informative read about managing change inside an organization. It is not a complete change management strategy, but it made me realize that my model of the only thing constant for an organization is change.
- Accept change.
- Put business first.
- Think Lego®.
- Open up.
- Live by the rules.
- Get buy-in.
- Appoint an Integrator.
- Build incrementally.
- Don’t stop.
The other great thing about this publication was the 10 quotes provided with each of the sections.
- "One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency."—Arnold Gasgow
- "If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough."—Mario Andretti
- "The reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first."—Robert J. McKain
- "Luck is the residue of design."—Branch Rickey
- "Opportunities multiply as they are seized."—Sun Tzu
- "If one does not know to which port one is saliling, no wind is favourable."—Seneca
- "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."—Harry S. Truman
- "Creativity is the power to connect the semmingly unconnected."—William Plomer
- "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."—Henry Ford
- "Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."—Will Rogers
Here’s to leading change!