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Ogden Nash caught the change dilemna perfectly: for some people, progress is great but its gone on way too long. You've got to quickly move beyond that type of thinking! Innovators embrace change - they 'inhale' change! -- Jim Carroll

Way back from about 1999 to 2005, I would often talk on stage about “things from the olden days.” It was a story that reflected how my young sons, from the ages of 3 & 5, saw certain things around the house as something completely ancient — when just a few years previous, they had been a part of my life.

Earlier this year, I keynoted the joint US Navy, Air Force, & Marine Child Youth Program conference in Dallas, Texas. I had about 1,500 folks in the room who manage social, counselling, day care and recreation programs on military bases worldwide. The focus of the talk was around innovation in delivery of services. In order to get across to this crowd the rate of change, I resurrected my olden days story.

It still makes for good viewing, and can help you to think about the rate of business change that continues to occur out there today. And in fact, if you look around you, you’ll find that an ever greater number of things are becoming things from the olden days, and it’s occurring at a faster rate.

Change – Deal with It!
March 19th, 2009

One of the events I have coming up is in May in Las Vegas. I’ll be the opening keynote speaker for a global organization, with about 3,500 people in the room.

It’s interesting to learn that one of the things that caught the attention of this group was my “Change: Deal with It” video.

My sons and I filmed this a few years ago; we put some signs up along what we call the “squirrel highway” in the yard; we left the camera on for an hour; and we caught this little fellow and the interruption to his routine.

It’s kind of a cute video, and since I’m on March break this week skiing and not thinking too much, I thought it would make for a great blog post!


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