We need a better word. When we use the word “change” flags usually go up, resistance likely goes up, muttering often goes up and productivity frequently goes down. The word “change” scares people. It means loss. It means giving something up. It means abandoning what got us here and often it means disloyalty to the person who got me here.
What word works better than "change?" Or, what if we moved to what's next by talking about the organization's founding purpose rather than a retooling of its present? What if we introduced ideas, programs and initiatives as an extension of (perhaps even in honour of) the history and the mentor we've shared already? We cannot tell our story too often; what happens if we continue to tell it over and over and then add a new chapter every now and then?