A Time of Change

A Time of Change

September 28th, 2009

by Ernie Vargo

It is my favorite time of the year! Fall is approaching. The air is turning crisp, and before long the leaves will be changing colors. This is a real time of transition from the heat of summer to the cool air of fall. The change is inevitable. But do you grasp it and take control or let it control you?

This is what we deal with on a daily basis. Do we take advantage of opportunities presented to us? Those who are successful not only take advantage of the opportunities, but they are an impetus for transformation.

I saw an interesting quote from a very successful person today:

To be successful you have to have a chance, take advantage of the chance and be articulate…

That seems pretty simple. Then why are so many leaders afraid to make tough decisions to better an organization? Many times they don’t realize the opportunities in front of them. Instead they dwell on the past.

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Take risks. Seek opportunities with zest. Is there a chance of failure? Of course. Will the reward be worth it? Without a doubt.

It is a time of change. Organizations that are thriving are seizing opportunities in a difficult environment. A college I work with has not retreated during the downturn in the economy. They kept their advancement staff, kept their travel budget and today are negotiating two high seven-figure gifts.

Their president saw the chance and grasped it. The college will benefit from his ability to see an opportunity in an economic downturn and use it to benefit the college for years to come.

Look forward to fall and the change it brings.

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