I have been flying all over the country lately and one nice thing about that, besides the frequent flyer miles, is that I get to read more than usual. I love books that make me think and ones that I can apply to making my company stronger and more competitive.
One of the books I've recently enjoyed was Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber. The story involves a penguin who discovers that the iceberg he is living on is melting and when he tells everyone what's happening and that they have to move, he's met with a tremendous amount of resistance. No one wants to move and/or change. Eventually, however, the penguins are convinced to move and everyone lives happily ever after.
While it may just be a retelling of Chicken Little, I still love the moral of this story: change is good and by embracing change we can make our world a better place. It's also important to note that change is often met with resistance and in order to be a change agent, you have to be willing to go against the norm. But, as long as you're not changing for change's sake and you think through it and plan accordingly, others will eventually see how change can be beneficial to everyone.
The grocery business is one that changes almost on a daily basis, especially in the area of technology. If we don't keep up with the changes, our clients won't be on the cutting edge. Keeping our clients current is extremely important at Droste. We do our best to embrace change and make sure our clients have embraced it as well.
I'm off to the west coast, Seattle and then Canada in the next few weeks. A long cross-country flight during which I can read.
Until my next post, take care and prosper.