Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Real Change

Seth Godin's blog has an interesting article about making real change. No not pennies and nickels, but real, lasting, change that impacts your and/or others' lives.

One of his main points: Real change offends those who are against change at all costs.

Way too often, he argues we settle for "good enough." I was amazed to here a business/marketing guru saying this...I thought it was just a church thing!

What change is needed? Are we willing to pay the short term price for the long term gain?

Are we willing to be bold and courageous as we step out and do something new and different...not for the sake of new...but because it's the right thing to do?

Thanks, Seth. Great post.


XtnYoda said...

"Change" is a violent word. It brings about great fear, resentment, dread, dissension, and chaos.

Agents of "Change" are often martyrs.

A wise one once told me the difference between a martyr and a leader.

The one who sees where an organization or group needs to be and tries to go there in one big step will later be known as a martyr.

The one who sees where an organization or group needs to be and sees the five or ten or however many little steps it will take to get there, and implements those steps one at a time, will be know as a leader.

Mark said...

Great point!

XtnYoda said...

One more small point here.

The martyr will always feel so self righteous in his...failure, "They just couldn't make the necessary changes, they were fearful, they didn't have enough faith..."

It will always be about "them" and never about "him" and his failure as a leader.

Ministry is full of martyrs...but God needs leaders.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've been burned!

I think your brush is a bit wide, but there is truth in your comments.

- Mark