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Managing Change: The Paralysis of Inaction!

"I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure." Does this describe your organization and how it deals with change? One could make a pretty compelling argument that General Motors suffered from this type of malaise for decades. Whether it is too little or too late for GM is certainly up for debate. But you have to respect their recent proactive course of action. The former giant is now in the role of the underdog but at least they are doing something. Commitment and execution are excellent attributes to embrace.

I heard a story years ago about a mule that was placed in a field with two equally attractive piles of hay on each side of him. Unable to decide on which heap of nutrition was most attractive, the mule instead died of starvation. Faced with a similar dilemma many a teenage boy has spent their prom night alone because they waited too long to decide which cute girl they wanted to invite. Inaction it seems is not a very productive decision.

Yogi Berra expresses the task well: "When you come to the fork in the road, take it". Our collective challenge is to do something and do it with commitment.

Business like life consists of many decisions but that is what gives life its rich and dynamic nature. The process of living is a call to action. Just Do It!