Sit On It Before Changing

When things change so fast how can someone say sit on it before changing? Let me explain.

First, What I’m Not Saying

Please do not think I’m suggesting that we don’t need to be very agile and able to change quickly. In fact, that is one of the reasons I’m a big proponent of keeping things simple and using concepts like the 80/20 rule to make it possible to change quickly. No, I’m really talking about those times when we just are not sure if something is correct.

A Personal Example

It is not uncommon for us to not see things clearly at first. As a hobby I paint pictures and recently while looking at one of them something stood out. When this particular picture was first completed neither I nor my wife were quite sure how much we liked it. There were things I knew I liked, but there was something about it that just wasn’t sitting right with me. However, after a period of time it began to look better and better to both of us. What I was referring to when I mentioned something stood out is that it suddenly dawned on me that the sheen of the picture had changed as it continue to dry. As a result the colors and even the flow of things in the picture began to look more realistic and appealing. When first completed there was an urge to go back and make some changes, but instead I chose to sit on it before changing and that made all the difference in the world. Between the natural process of the paint curing and thus taking on a different appearance, we both got use to the picture and began to appreciate certain things in particular. So, what does that have to do with business?

It Takes a Little Time

Just as with the picture, when we create something new in business, such as a product, process, etc., it sometimes takes time for the real impact to begin to be seen. It may take a little while for customers to decide they actually like a new product or service. It also may take time before a new process or procedure begins to show its full impact and employees get comfortable with it. That of course does not mean you can’t be making on-going minor tweaks (or even major if warranted), but it should serve as a word of caution to not act too hastily and instead sit on it before changing. This produces several benefits, among them being:

  • Employees are not constantly stressed with changes
  • When changes are made it they are often better thought out
  • Changes are likely based on enough feedback to justify them

Another thing to consider when it becomes clear that changes are needed it to make sure that adequate input is obtained from interested parties such as customers, employees and vendors.

So what about your company? Are changes made too often and before enough data has been collected to determine if changes are really needed and if so what they should be? Or, are you willing to sit on it before changing.

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