Posted by Mike Rollings
Incremental change -- you know -- the kind where you examine what's not working with your organization and take a modest step forward. Like a house inspector looking for cracks in the foundation and other imperfections, you assemble the list of problems. Estimates are formed for all the repairs and you find that time and effort are not there to do them all. So, a small number of the achievable modifications are chosen to make the house more livable, slightly more efficient, and with less breakdowns.
The fallacy about incremental change is that sometimes we need a new house yet we believe that incremental improvement will achieve that. The house may not be large enough for your family; you may be empty-nesters and the house in need of dramatic downsizing; maybe you don't need a house at all and can rent. These types of life changes present the opportunity for individuals to transform their surroundings. Yet many look to incremental change and it is incapable of yielding the transformation they seek.
Organizations across the globe are experiencing a "life change" presented to us by a changing economy. This is an opportunity to embrace business and IT transformation as a means forward.
Tough times present an opportunity for leaders to inspire transformation. What is possible if we give up preconceived notions about what we have and begin to ask the question "what do we really need"? Leaders do not accept "we can't because..." they proclaim "we must and we will"!