Why Taking The Exit Door Is The Key To Surviving In Fast Changing Times
It was 3 a.m. in my hotel room in New York. The fire alarm shattered the calm. What happened next stays with me vividly, every day. It sums up why so many fail to survive life threatening crises, or survive the change underway in business. Here’s why.
I thought the alarm would stop. It didn’t. All on our floor headed out into the corridor, dazed and scared. Someone screamed. I smelt smoke. The fire escape beckoned. But I stopped. I did not want to go through that door. And that hesitation sums up why so many fail to adapt to the tsunami of change underway in business. It’s summed up in an expression I heard last week. Simple. Powerful. Says it all. Here it is. Read it, embrace it, and survive.
Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
I read somewhere that people won’t take the ‘Exit’ option because they do not know where it will take them. And this is exactly what I felt in New York that night: “Where do those stairs go, will it lead me to safety, or will it trap me with even less chance of escape and survival?”
To stay a step ahead of change- to disrupt ourselves more than our most disruptive client is disrupting us- we have to have courage. And my company is fortunate to have a cadre of brave leaders across our group.
Change is really, really, really hard to do. I think so anyway. It is for me.
But change can also be awesomely inspiring. Really. To take risk. To push into the uncomfortable. To take your foot off one base if you are to get to the next. To take that Exit door when you don’t know exactly where it is going to lead.
If the rate of change outside an organisation is faster than within, the end is near. Same applies to us- our offers to our employers and clients must keep evolving. We are only as good as our NEXT result! . We have to keep changing, or they will change us… we’ll be out. Don’t let that happen!
Feel the fear. Embrace it.
And back yourself- take that bold step….dash to second base… step through that Exit door. Chances are, you’ll be fine. Seriously. Keep moving. Keep believing. Keep trusting. I am totally up for it. Are you?