I’m all about change, but over the years, I’ve had a few clients who were so insecure that they wouldn’t keep a policy or idea around long enough for it to succeed. Right now, in this financial crisis the country is facing, a lot of organizations are fearful. They’re worried that if they don’t do something, everything will crash. But before you start blindly reorganizing, take a tip from Roman General Gaius Petronius from AD 66:
“We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up in teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing. And a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress whilst producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.”
Sometimes, reorganization simply creates the illusion of progress. If it’s necessary, then by all means move ahead. But if you already have a good strategy in place, then stick to it long enough for it to work.