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Change - If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Change - If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Change management training - If it ain't broke, don't fix it is incorrect

Many people fight change.
The reason for that is that change implies uncertainty.
And the human mind does not like being uncertain.
Hence, many will put up with circumstances they DO NOT like, for fear of making a change.
They justify that by saying things like "Better the devil you know".
Change creates uncertainty so people resist change.

BUT....

All improvement implies change

So we have a contradiction: most people want things to get better, but also to stay the same!

When you ask people to change their routine, they will fight you, even if the change would be an improvement, they will fight to keep the situation static.

If you ask them what they would suggest, instead of the change they will say
"Keep things as they are!"
"Let's stay the same"

Then they quote the following phrase:

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, is the justification for stagnation.

Why is it wrong?

Why is it wrong to think that it is a viable option to choose to "do nothing"; to "stay the same".

The answer is: The third law of thermodynamics.

The third law of thermodynamics

This law states that disorder tends to increase over time.

i.e. unless you do something, then things will de-generated and become dis-organised and worse.

For example:

  1. If you don't do anything constructive to your garden, it does not stay the same, it gets worse.
  2. If you do not do anything constructive to your car, it does not stay the same, it gets worse.
  3. If you don't clean the house, it does not stay the same, it gets dirty.
  4. If you don't work your abs, they don't stay the same, they get flabby.

Choosing to doing nothing MEANS choosing to get worse!

You must argue the case for change

  1. Active progression is the way of nature.
  2. Stillness and refusal to change leads to extinction.

Change must be:

  1. Purposeful
  2. Well planned
  3. Intelligently implemented
  4. Continuous

Purposeful

Means: Not arbitrary change.
Purposeful change is change designed to achieve a specific goal or vision.

Well planned

Well planned means that the method of change has been thought through.
It is not a series of reactions to circumstances.

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