“No matter what you did. No matter who you are. No matter where you’ve come from … You can always change … Become a better version of yourself.” – Madonna
Change is a very difficult concept to practice effectively. While organizational change in our professional lives is an almost constant occurrence, personal change continues to be astonishingly difficult to embrace in practice.
Change is more than switching things up “a bit”. Change is more than being different from the norm. Change is an ability to reflect upon the past … right now … as an opportunity to influence your future.
I’ve been influenced professionally and personally via conversations and interactions in the past few years that would never have occurred without technology like social media. Our paths are bound together as the distances that have separated all of us in the past become shorter and shorter through social media interactions on a global perspective. For example, personal branding is a global initiative because of Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Google, etc. Your reputation and influence extend further than IRL (in real life) because of technology.
Change is globalization – at both an organizational and a personal level. We need to think much further than outside the box in order for change to be effective – what’s beyond the box?
The secret is quite simply – knowing that what we were is no longer what we are and taking advantage of the global opportunities that now exist to re-create ourselves … as a professional organization, as a local networking group, or as an individual.