Why do people want change when things are fine already?

A former colleague posted that question in Facebook today.

My response was:

Because many people care more about leaving their stamp than about achieving the strategic goal. To such people, the lack of an “I” in “We succeeded” is unbearable. They would rather say: “I succeeded even though the team overall failed”.

This is also true on integration projects where there are multiple suppliers. When we work together so that the strategy succeeds, everyone succeeds.


The ability to embrace change is a good thing, of course, but the desire to change things for the sake of it reflects insecurity,  a lack of understanding of how things really work and, perhaps, an excess of personal ambition.

The world, not just the business world, needs fewer such people now more than ever.


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