Leaders need to get comfortable with change

From the editor

“Nothing is as painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change,” writes Mary Shelley in the novel Frankenstein.

I would argue that small and slow changes can also be troubling. But they are necessary for personal, professional and corporate growth. Companies that don’t evolve don’t survive, so we must learn to be adept at change.

I have a complicated relationship with change. When I do embrace change, I tend to go all in. The best example is when I decided, rather on a whim, to move from Madison, Wisconsin, to Baltimore at the end of 2004. I felt my life in Madison was stuck, and I didn’t see a path forward there. But moving across the country­—away from my family—was a drastic change. And moving without a new job in place would have been much too scary. Instead, I found a way to safely embrace the big change my life needed. Fifteen years later, I am so grateful and happy that I was able to keep working for CUES as a telecommuter.


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