My backyard this time of the year is especially reflective of a symphony of change. Many of my shrubs stay green year round, while others are slowly becoming dormant and brown. Meanwhile, I have fall azaleas that yield brilliant blooms of pink and purple. My camellias sneak in beautiful white and pink flowers as well. As the green leaves with blooms of my crepe myrtles give way to brown and orange leaves, my sugar maple tree is transforming itself from green to a brief but dramatic display of yellow. All of these quick and seemingly small moves are orchestrated to blend into the changing of seasons. Cooler nights and shorter days with less sunlight bring about this harmonic array of change.
As certain as the colors of fall reflect change our yards, daily we come face to face with things in our jobs, careers and organizations that display that change is happening. One thing is for sure, we are changing. You can not stop it. You may delay it. You may deny it. You may ignore it. But we are changing. Unfortunately we do not always recognize it as clearly as the changing of seasons.
There are no plateaus. We are moving, up or down, in or out, straight ahead or in a circle. But we are moving. Too often we are changing in spite of others, with others and sometimes without others. Some of our co-workers, managers and leaders want to keep things just as they are. They seem to think that they will not change. It's just no so. They may resist, go brown and dormant for awhile. But even if they resist, change will come. It might mean that the company closes, but that is change isn't it? It might mean that the product becomes obsolete, but that is change too?
How about you, your organization or your work? Can you see the change that is taking place? Do you recognize the need for change to be embraced or fostered? What role or instrument are you playing in the band to bring about positive, effective and meaningful change?
Don't wait until all the leaves are gone...enjoy the colors of fall...start looking for ways to improve, to grow, and refresh. Before you know it, a new season with even more brilliant colors will emerge yielding life, vitality and beauty for you and your organization.