The Year of the Change Agent

I snicker a little about this title.

It is good I left the date out- just in case it turns out NEXT year is the year of the Change Agent (at least we know it was not last year).

“The Year of the Change Agent” a post from David Armano gets the first change topic for 2012 spinning from blog to blog, discussion to discussion.

His points:

Seeds of change come from thoughts, behaviors, perception and outcome. Yes.

Why this year is the Year of the Change Agent

  • Everyone is restless (in a good way)
  • Companies have a TON of money stashed in the vault
  • Some intense learning, evaluating and interchange happened last year
  • Change Management has left its infancy
  • Positive will rule this year

Everyone is restless (in a good way)

Fear (and fear mongering), pining for the past (that never actually happened) and living in a strictly tactical short term world will either kill you or make you strong. For this year I am predicting strong. Bouncing off of negative toward strength tends to make you a little edgy. That becomes urgency at some point- the GOOD kind of urgency that invites and stimulates participation. Get some make sense change going (which gives you permission to call yourself a Change Agent) and you are likely to jump ahead of your competitors.

Companies have a TON of money stashed in the vault

Change ain’t cheap.

Luckily companies have hoarded cash over the last couple of years. Some of that will get released this year. Things will change as a result. And someone will be the agent for that.

Some intense learning, evaluating and interchange happened last year

When you park senior externals and thought leaders in an environment where hustling work likely makes no sense (like a lot of the last two years, unless you downgraded your resume and profile for junior roles) they LEARN. They read, they write, they look at competitors, they draw on every napkin they can find and then they share- first with each other and eventually with clients and customers. This year is that year of sharing.

I can feel the gates opening with discussions that bounce from one place to another. I can see it in thoughtful blog posts (it is nice to not be rushed when writing). I hear it in the way senior consultants frame their explanations.

Some thinking and learning has been happening.

Change Management has left its infancy

I said to a model-oriented-follow-the-steps-exactly consultant the other day that past models and approaches were juvenile and current thought leaders are pulling Change Management into adulthood. The exchange did not go well. Those who have clung to CM status quo (that just seems so weird, how can you be a change agents if you hold onto the past?) are retiring. Maybe not this year, but their numbers are dwindling. Hopefully the young does and bucks keep the good stuff from the past as Change Agents.

Positive will rule this year

Enough of the negative.

Positive people get picked on (been there, live there), but have you noticed they have a lot of friends? Others reach out to them, connect with them, want to partner with them.

What if we just got every third person to be more positive?

Think of the change.

This year is the year of the Change Agent because nobody likes NO change. And certainly everyone dislikes change that goes backwards. We have had a lot of the no change and a good degree of the backward kind (both meanings intended). Now it is time for some people to carry the flag as Agents of Change.

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