13/09/12

Humans have a natural tendency to accept the status quo. And it doesn’t really matter whether or not the status quo is really the best possible. Such a mindset often results from the fact that we’re simply reluctant to change things. Even if the change is for the better.

There are many reasons why it’s so difficult to make a decision to change. But change, however scary it might be, has always been part and parcel of human life. Change is only a question of time.   

Check out: The More Things Change, the More Our Objections to Change Stay the Same 

  

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 Answer the questions below.

  • What article did E.F. Borisch write? What is so special about it?
  • Why benchmarking doesn’t seem to be a good tool for effective leaders?
  • In what way is the past relevant to decisions about the future?
  • In what way is progress similar to a math formula?
  • What does it mean that “change is not a game best played by loners?”
  • What does the author say about consistency in the context of change?

 

Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words (one word per blank space), correct forms of the words in capital letters and the missing letters.

 

Most organizations in most fields suffer ________ a kind of tunnel vision, ________ makes it hard to _______ VISION a more positive future. That’s why ________ first principle of change is originality — for leaders to see their organization and its problems ________ if they’ve never seen them before, and, with new eyes, they need to develop a ________ DISTINCTION point of view ________ how to solve them. All too often, ________ SPECIAL in long-established companies, expertise gets ________ the way of innovation. That’s why the most ________ EFFECT leaders I know aren’t big fans of “benchmarking” — a  c_mm_n_l_c_ exercise for inspiring change that often serves to r_i_f_rc_ the problem of tunnel vision. How ________ LIGHT is it, really, to learn from the “best in class” in your industry, especially if best in class isn’t all that great? So why not learn from innovators outside your industry as ________ way to shake things up and l_ _pf _og your rivals?

  

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