Fast Change Around Us- High beams?


Audi headlights are causing a stir here in the US.

Not because the light is more refined and provides less glare to oncoming traffic, but because regulators have to figure out new technology before they can make rules.

(There is either less regulation in Europe or they are better at this change thing- the lights are OK there).

And so we have our Fast Change Around Us for the Week.

From the article, “It’s hard for government to compete for the best engineering, technical, and legal talent when there are no lofty salaries or stock options, only good medical plans. “

Some changes, in fact many of the fast changes I have written about, are entirely welcome. Except, apparently to those who have to figure out the improvement.


Look around, day and night, at the cars you see.

There are some awesome headlights out there!

They have all the loopty-doo snakey LED things going on. They  have that cool blue color. They  have half the footprint with twice the power. They are inconspicuous and more functional.

They have really changed since the days of buggy round boring lights.

Another thing about headlights… When was the last time you actually used high beams?

And remember stepping on that little button on the floor to turn on the high beams (seriously dated myself there)?

So think of this behavior change: We used to be very careful about clicking the high beams, afraid we might blind someone coming around the corner. Now we get regular headlights that are nice to those coming our way and serve the purpose of a permanent high beam. Or we would if the regulators could figure this out…


Which brings me to an organizational tie to change. How many times are there organizational changes that require leadership to catch up to the change?

Some fast change is picture perfect, but maybe just a little TOO fast. It appears lighting technology, especially for car headlights falls into that too fast category.

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Everyday Change

Remember these?


Sometimes everyday change effects just about everyone (in this case US stakeholders). Sometimes it is really quick. It seems the Obama administration has found a way to create some quick everyday change, reverse behaviors in a way and, likely, put some smiles on a lot of faces.

Regulations forced gas stations to put those big ‘ol boots on gas nozzles. Good regulations since the fumes contribute to air pollution. No consolation to all those weekend gardeners trying to squish the boot into a 5 gallon gas can (and get the darn thing to fill up all the way). The car companies, apparently, have adapted and figured out a way to deal with the fume pollution inside the gas tank. So the boots are no longer necessary.

Obama, with an arguably well timed decision, is working to eliminate the regulation that calls for boots. I can’t see anyone (short of political competition and the boot maker) who stands to lose with this change. And everyone will notice the first time they fill up sans boot. (Anyone too young to have pumped bootless you are in for a treat!).

We go back to the old way of pumping (less shoving, less effort) because of new R & D advancement, as a result of regulations. Regulations created a scenario where the original rule can be eliminated with a better end state. Cool everyday change.

Goodbye boot (you served your purpose):


Soon: Everyday change at the pumps (US). A smart political move (I can see the same kind of thing within organizational change), regulations that cause change that reverts back to a comfort level with a better end state and a feel good story.

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