Major Change versus Temporary Change

Change is constant.

That’s true, but there’s a big difference between a major change and a temporary change, and it’s important to know which one you’re dealing with.

A temporary change is when something is different for a short period of time and then things go back to the way they’ve been for a long time. My twelve-year-old son, Ben, broke his pinkie a month ago. Tomorrow the cast comes off. And he’ll be back to his usual constant physical activities.

When your business deals with a temporary change, even a really painful one, you can deal with it and then go back to the old ways of doings.

However, a major change means that after you deal with it something will be significantly different on the other side. This requires great leadership and perseverance and innovation. These times of major change, which Andy Grove called inflection points, are opportunities for you to make your lasting mark as a leader.

What are you dealing with today? Is it a temporary change or a major change? Be prepared to deal with both situations.

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