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Bill lost his job recently It seems his company was downsized his well developed skills were no longer required Its tempting to claim his company was at fault But the fault was his and his alone Let me explain why Things are changing incredibly fast Yesterdays idea is an emerging technology today mainstream news tomorrow and history by next week And everyone contributes to the speed of change Theres a myth about management since were responsible for so much change we must be good at coping with it Ive observed the exact opposite Managers have great difficulty accepting change They tend to get complacent in their secure status quo They believe the skills theyve acquired will serve them well into the future in spite of all signs to the contrary Take a close look at business magazines Each issue offers something new something different Each advertisement promises to increase productivity to increase efficiency to inflict change upon our unsuspecting organization Used properly magazines are a guidepost to the future Ignore them and theyll get you downsized Bill acquired his management skills in the trenches He worked his way up through the ranks He acquired a set of skills and over the years deepened them He began to believe his tool kit of management techniques was complete Theyd served him well in the past and would suffice in the future Bills error was not in his judgment of whether or not a particular skill was long lasting Bills error had little if anything to do with management skills His error lay in his world view He believed his world would stay the same Somehow hes protected from change Somehow he alone is immune Shielded in immunity he gives no thought to a different tomorrow He leans on his illusion of status quo even while destroying the status quo of others Hes not alone in this Hes joined by politicians unions successful companies staff by anyone and
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