The only constant is change

September 14, 2008 at 10:17 pm 1 comment

“The only constant is change”. I heard this phrase recently on a podcast…unfortunately I can’t remember which one…but it made me think.

‘Change Management’ is a strange term if change is a part of daily life. Is it not just ‘Management’?

Change is difficult to avoid in the stationery industry as with other markets. The need to manage this change is apparent every time you open the trade press, attend an exhibition, talk to a colleague or business partner or even read a daily newspaper and realise the impact that these changes will have on every aspect of your business.

Businesses are consolidating (for example Corporate Express and Staples, United and Advantia), the relative strength or weakness of currencies impact purchase prices and hit the bottom line of companies importing or exporting product, the increasing price of utilities weight heavy on the manufacturers, paper prices increase, there is a growing demand for environmentally responsible products and a need to lower the carbon footprint of the business and particularly the supply chain, etc, etc. All these are creating a situation of flux and a need to manage their immediate and potentially long term impact.

Not all situations are equal and some may require additional expertise beyond that available in the organisation but is ‘change management’ in general not the role of management? Managers must be experts in ‘change management’. Change is a constant…therefore change management is the managers job, not one for teams of consultants.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. David Phillips  |  September 15, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Absolutely. In fact management is a pretty boring job. It is mostly about managing events (change). There are better occupations such as creating change; developing new things; building teams and new pressure groups inside the organisation; reaching through the corporate shell; research and engagement with external, ever morphing, stakeholders.


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