PERSONAL LEADERSHIP: CHANGE- THE ONLY CONSTANT AND INEVITABLE THING



For some weeks now, we have been talking about Facts and Truth about you & the Enterprise and we cannot stop talking about it; everything about the enterprise rises and falls on you . It must be said so we can all learn from it and adjust our way to suit properly into any system we tend to belong.

Go through these facts and truth about the Enterprise and think.

Kodak was a name synonymous with pictures/film.  It was an old company founded in 1888. Generations in America and around the world enjoined it.  They were so strong that they penetrated several markets and became leaders.

Digital cameras came into the market and Kodak was still not open to change. The entrance of  iphone, merged with the force of already existing digital cameras completely displaced Kodak in the market. Today, Kodak is history, though they are trying to come back. But I don’t think it will ever be the same. 
During the press conference to announce Nokia being acquired by Microsoft, in his speech, the then CEO of Nokia ended his speech saying, “We didn’t do anything wrong but somehow, we lost.”

Nokia, as we all know was a force in the market, when it comes to mobile phones. They were so strong that they were second to none in spite of the massive entrants into the mobile phone market by a number of firms. But a time came when they were swept out of the market; it was very obvious they were displaced by Apple and Android.

Both companies did not only miss the opportunities to further advance in the market and earn big; they also lost their chances of survival. As at when they were leaving the market, they were close to bankruptcy.

Why did it happen this way for both companies? They were not open to change.  The market changed too fast for them to catch up.

They saw the trend and didn’t join and they lost their market share to their opponents to a point that their opponents became too powerful.

As an Entrepreneur or an employee, how prepared are you to move with the trend in your field.

Technology is moving very fast. How abreast are you with the current changes in your field? Are you just there thinking the market will wait for you or when you are ready, you will catch up with the market? The market determines the pace at which you move and not the other way round.  

For the Entrepreneur: Besides the rapid change in technology, there are new ways of doing business. Customer service for instance, has moved to a higher level, customer relationship management & customer experience. How fast are you to adopt the new ways of handling customers?

If you don’t, your competitors will, and they will have a larger share of the market. You may even fizzle out of the market if you don’t continually update yourself. Please at the end of the day don’t say your competitors are using ‘Black power.’

As the days go bye, taste of customers change; they are well informed and enlightened. They want faster, cheaper, convenient, durable……… goods and services. Above all, they want exceptional value for their time and money. Are you prepared to satisfy them?


For the Employee:  Are you aware employers want employees that can do their jobs in a faster, cheaper and  less stressful way with better results?

Thinking because you were the ‘sweet heart’ of your company yesterday, you’ll keep being the ‘sweet heart’ of the company, is a wrong mindset.  Employers are not keeping you there for you; they are keeping you for what they can get from you. Once you fall short of that or someone else can offer something better, just know you’re gone.

If you think because you’re the ‘sweet heart’ of your company, you’ll keep suppressing others and their efforts for fear of losing your place, without moving fast with the trend. How long will you keep at that?  A time will come when you will completely lose out; today’s employer is on the search for talents. When they find them, you’ll be displaced. You place cannot be taken, if it’s really your place.

I know of someone that became an operations manager with lies and blackmail. Right now, she’s a marketer in the same company. It was very obvious then that she was not having the capacity to man the position. She eventually came down to where she belongs. I’m not saying marketing is a low class position, but she wasn’t equal to the task.   

To keep up with the demands of today’s Enterprise, you must keep improving on yourself. Always strive to increase your value in your workplace or business. Stop living in the past, thinking you’re still relevant.

If you don’t change, you’ll be eliminated from the system.  There’s nothing wrong with your not wanting to learn new things, but you must understand that your elimination from the system is just around the corner. Before long, your thoughts, skills and style will no longer fit into the system.

You don’t have to do anything wrong to be eliminated from a system. As long as your competitors in business or competitors in the job market catch up with the trend and get it right, you’ll be discarded.

Don’t wait to be forced out of a system or ‘close shop.’ Being forced to ‘close shop’ is a hard and expensive way to learn; you’ll have to start all over again, if you must come back.

You might be doubting it; go ask Kodak and Nokia, even IBM. They’ll be in a better position to advice you.

CONCLUSION: Before now, they used to say, “Things were moving like a 19th century movie.” Today, things have gone beyond the speed of the 19th century movie. You must fine tune yourself to function like ‘a restless thinking software’ to catch up with the system.
  
The only way to thrive in the present day enterprise and keep being relevant is to develop an unquenchable quest for knowledge and apply every knowledge you acquire appropriately and as soon as possible. What is your next plan of action in personal development?

Make Hay while the sun shines!





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