The Slow Change
by Adam Zack — April 3, 2019
I’ve beat the topic of necessary change nearly to death. Beat it like a rented mule. Like a redheaded step-child. Like an expense account rental car. I believe in necessary change wholeheartedly, but, come on man, move along. So I am not going to write about change, I am going to write about the effects of change. Because whether we are choosing to be proactive about it or just ignore it, the long-term effects are going to be there. Long term change (think of it more as evolution) is not a young man’s concern. He thinks of what can I do today that will help me tomorrow? Immediate change and gratification are the concern. I think our business is a lot like that too. We want to effect change through our actions, and we want to see and measure the results right away.
As a young man I never thought the slow change of evolution would affect me. I looked at my grandpa and wondered why his earlobes were so big? He always had a receding hairline, right? I didn’t know him any other way. And how about that hair growing in his ears? Gross. To me these weren’t changes, it was how he always was. Surely he’d always used Brylcreem on his hair and Old Spice aftershave. He didn’t change, he just was what he was. Constant. Well, a look in the mirror now proves that slow change is the real deal, mister. That hair growing in my ears? Why!? No! And one day, not too far in the future, I’ll be old like my grandpa was. As much as we maintain our standards, keep our chrome polished and quality high, the slow change of the food business will be happening around us, and it’s up to us to groom those youngsters with hairless ears, great hairlines and perky earlobes to keep our company young.
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