Taylor Swift has a song out called Change. Maybe “old” now by music industry standards.
In 1988 there was a movie with Uma Thurman called “Dangerous Liasons.” OK, Uma Thurman was not the only good actor in the show. Oh, yes, they had Glenn Close and John Malkovich, and some kid named Keanu Reeves. Oh yes, Michelle Pfeiffer, too. The show was based on a fairly famous French novel.
One famous line in that show was, “It’s beyond my control.”
I have been in a few companies recently where the fundamental feeling is hopelessness and helplessness.
“It is beyond my control.”
As soon as we say it that way, “This is clearly not a way to live.” There is not much more to say about it than, “If you can’t change your organization, then you must change your organization.” Ex: Get out even in the midst of a recession.
Perhaps it is also useful to remember, “Everything changes, nothing remains the same,” as Buddha said. We, as individuals, don’t make the real waves in the world, but we can ride the waves. We must remember that people will change — they only really resist being changed by others. They want some changes.
So, stop feeling helpless and hopeless. (We all do sometimes. If I missed a few steps in the logic there, I trust you can add them.)
So, where does Taylor Swift come in?
Well, her song starts this way:
And it’s a sad picture, the final blow hits you
Somebody else gets what you wanted again
You know it’s all the same, another time and place
Repeating history and you’re getting sick of it
Certainly I have felt kind of this way when I felt helpless.
And then she asks you to imagine that things just might change. She offers to help you. Of course not she, Taylor Swift, but she the singer. She asks you to imagine, afterward, that you accomplished something you didn’t really think was possible. And how proud you will be that you never, never, never, never gave up. (OK, I added a bit of Churchill there.)
I dare you to listen to the song.
There are no doubt a few stupid ideas being spoken by Agile people.
Agile is not here to make some minor improvement. It can be a big change in your life. It can enable you to make big changes in the lives of people you really care about. If you have started, don’t stop. Strap on your armor again, and fight with a smile.
(Do protect yourself, but do fight also.)
It may be beyond your control, but it is not beyond your influence.