"If you do what you've always done, you will not get what you've always gotten. You will get further and further behind until you disappear into oblivion." Todd Thomas
We've all heard the adage that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I would argue that if you do the same thing over and over you actually WILL get different results…just not the ones that you want.
The workforce is changing, the economy is changing, technology is changing…what in the world would lead us to believe that we can keep managing as we have in the past? Long-term plans are now three year plans at most and short-term plans have to do with Friday. If you are sitting at your desk wondering what to do today, just wait a moment or two because something will come up.
This is not, by the way, a bad thing. It is just a thing. Change needs to be incorporated into our leadership styles in a way that allows us to plan, but to plan for the purpose of change. It is difficult to know what we need to adjust if we don't know what we were going to do in the first place. But being married to the plan is just as counterproductive as being married to whatever measure we have chosen for success. Sometimes things change quickly in a way that we have to be willing to change with them.