Change – Leaders Are Paid To Lead It, Not Like It

June 25, 2014

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If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. – Albert Einstein

I love that quote!

Change is that scary word that most people shy away from. Even leaders blow it on occasion.

I don’t want to change.

Why should I change?

Why doesn’t everyone else change to accommodate me?

If I change I’ll be out of my comfort zone.

Why change something that isn’t broken?



Asking someone to change is like expecting the sun not to rise. Isn’t it a pointless request? Change comes from within. Change is something we do with ourselves. Only we can control us, no one else. So why ask, expect, or anticipate anything from someone else?


Let’s focus on how to change us. First why would anyone want to change themselves? Is it because they don’t like the outcome? Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you really wanted to change their mind about something? You try hard to convince them that your point of view is right and theirs of course, is wrong! Cant’ they see that? I mean do they realize just how foolish their ideas are?  Ha!


Cause and Effect.


Facts and Theory.


Yin and Yang.


If you don’t like the end results, then you need to change the actions. If the facts don’t fit the theory, then the facts must change. Your actions (cause) create an end result (effect). If you don’t like the effect, change the cause. If you want a particular effect, but aren’t getting it, then change the cause.


It is really simple, but we complicate it because we think it is everyone else that needs to change…not us.




Take a breath.


Ready that again.


It is really simple. If we want a different end result, we need to make a change.


I’ve heard it said that as leaders we don’t get paid to like change, we get paid to lead it.


What change are you taking the lead on?

  1. Deb – thanks for the “refreshing” smack in the face (I think!). CHANGE has been the operative theme in my world lately and I wrote about it recently as well (http://brucercross.com/are-there-winds-of-change-blowing-in-your-life/).
    It is when we surrender to the fact that CHANGE is an inside job that we turn corners toward better outcomes.
    Thanks again for sharing!