Labor Day has passed, the weather has turned cooler, school has begun, football season has returned – and even the author of this week's blog is different. It's as Heraclitus said: “There is nothing permanent except change.”
The cycle of change is apparent in our businesses right now, too.
For example, retailers and restaurateurs are adjusting as the seasonal help supplied by college students has ended. For them, it's time to train new employees as they swap inventory and displays for the fall and – in some cases, winter – holidays.
In many corporate offices, summer interns are gone and fall interns are being trained to assume those duties – which means many mid-level managers are repeating the same instructions they gave in May, and in January, and last September ...
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. –Confucius
Autumn is a perfect time for you to reflect on the changes you want to see in your company. It would be easy to simply roll with the cycle and implement the same changes you did last fall; but instead, why not take the time to assess the reasons behind the changes that occur each year?
So let's do something fun (well, perhaps "fun" is setting the expectation a bit high): I want you to think right now of a change that's occurring within your business. Take your time.
Now, what's driving the need for this change? Is it something within your control, or is it caused by external factors?
If it's within your control, did you deliberate before implementing this change? Or is it something that has occurred while you were otherwise occupied? Do you want this change to occur? How are you going to demonstrate the value of the change to your employees? In fact, did you get their input before making this change?
If it's caused by external factors, is your resultant change truly the best way to react? Is there another way you could approach solving the problem?
Just some things to think about on a lovely day as the seasons change.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. –Mahatma Gandhi
Speaking of change, staff reporter Brent Burkey is working on a story about plans to build a new traffic pattern called a diverging diamond around Exit 4 of Interstate 83 in the Shrewsbury Township area of southern York County.
Already a popular stop because of the retail businesses and residential construction there, upcoming commercial and retail development will add to the vehicles hopping off that exit, and transportation officials are trying to devise a way to keep traffic moving.
To see how a diverging diamond works, click here to see a video of the one built in St. Louis in 2010. And be sure to look for the story in Friday's Business Journal.
As Hope always mentions here, there are many networking opportunities this week. Also, Hope will return Monday and will resume as your blogger next Sunday.
To recap, your word for this week is "change." And here's a great post from Bloomberg Businessweek, titled "The Key to Managing Change," that highlights the best ways to implement your new ideas.
I'll leave you with a final quote to consider:
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. –George Bernard Shaw