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June 2011 Volume 8

The mobility megatrend: Embrace change or get left behind

Organizational development was one of the courses I took when I resumed an interrupted MBA program a few years ago (I completed the degree this time). Of particular interest to me was the section of the course in which we discussed how individuals and organizations deal with change. According to the textbook I used at the time, people and groups react to change in one of three ways: They deny it, they resist it or they embrace it. The Real Niel Niel Nickolaisen Ever since that class, I have pondered these three reactions, and would like to add one more possibility to the list: Deal with change by leading it. When we IT executives are faced with changes in technology, business rules, market conditions and so forth, one of our best options is to be a leader. In my experience, we make ourselves obsolete if we deny change. If we resist change, we get fired. If we embrace change, we keep our jobs. If we lead change, however, we prosper, IT prospers and the organization thinks we are geniuses! Leadership is especially important in the...

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