Inflexibility is rarely a virtue especially when it comes to business. The landscape of business history is littered with failed business leaders who were either unwilling or too slow to change their thinking. Just because something has worked in the past doesn’t mean it will work in the future. The only constant in life is change. Markets change. Customer attitudes change. The best method for doing business changes. Technology changes. As a business leader you must be willing to adjust to your changing circumstances or risk the consequences.
Change is a fact of life. Everything changes. People change. Circumstances change. How much change have you seen in your own life? My father who is now 82 once walked me through the changes he had seen in his lifetime and it was startling. The world as he knew it as a child no longer exists. Some changes are good others aren’t so good, but they will happen nonetheless.
While there is nothing wrong with enjoying your success or happiness, you must be careful about resting on your laurels for too long. What got you here won’t necessarily continue to propel you forward or guarantee continued success.
Leaders who try to get the world to conform to a static view of reality only end up frustrated and left on the scrap heap of history.