Some years ago, a yachtsman competing in the BOC challenge pulled into Sydney harbour. He and his fellow competitors were sailing solo around the world. They were competing against each other, but also against themselves. In a real sense, the challenge of the race is facing the fear of the unknown and the limits of one’s personal capacity and endurance.
Notwithstanding the dangers, most sailors succeeded – not in winning the race, but in facing the challenge and giving all that they could. In the end, success comes down to three things. A sea-worthy boat, a skilled sailor, and a trusty map.
Organisational change can be like the BOC challenge. You hope your organisation won’t founder as it steers into unknown waters. You hope the leaders know how to navigate around the dangers. And you hope your maps are reliable and up to date.
Getting ready for change is about similar things. It’s about making sure your organisation can move through the change process successfully. It’s about ensuring your leaders understand the landscape of change and are personally adept at it. And it’s about having a reliable map to navigate by, enabling you to make the most of your strengths and minimising your risks.
There’s an old saying that if you want something done, go straight to the top. In a similar wa