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Sunday, May 03, 2009

On Change: Part II

If a change begets a new set of problems, am I suggesting that one should always remain tied with the daily tedium? No, not at all. It's just that one should set the right expectations with "a change." With every change, some unknown reveals itself, imparting you more knowledge. If your expectation with a need for change is to gain more knowledge/ skill accompanied with the readiness for new challenges, you are the man!

This brings me to the ultimate question of "fight or flight?" Consider the organization you are working with; there must be a few things which trouble you in your employment---be that a bad manager you have to work under or a project which is causing you nightmares. There can be two types of changes, both potentially solving your problem: you could either fight your way and change the way your organization is working OR you can take a flight (perhaps resign and join some other organization).

What is the criterion behind such a decision?

Well, it's just which direction will give you the type of knowledge you are interested in: fighting your way will teach you how to bring a change in everyone else and resignation will teach you about a new organization and their working style (if nothing else). You might also lose a few things if you switch your employer (such as building your reputation from scratch with the new colleagues, and the tendency to always take a flight should something goes wrong in life). Your decision should be deeply thought out.

There are more interesting facets to the phenomenon of change: when people want to deal with the same set of problems, they come close to each other. On the other hand, if there is a disinterest in each others' set of problems, their ways are apart.

I would end this by saying that "fight" is the way forward if you can find comrades having similar interests (or a leader whom you have confidence in), while "flight" is the path to chose if you are too lonely and weak to bring a change.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. (Victor Frankl)