Catapulting Us to Consider Change

By Bonnie Watts, CEM

The last few months have been challenging for many of us as we’ve adjusted to the new normal. But as we’ve ventured out and started to accept our new day-to-day life, we’re settling in and starting to face that change is inevitable in everything we do.  And maybe that’s not entirely a bad thing.

How many times have you heard “we’ve always done it that way” or you continue to see a program area that doesn’t quite make it into the black, but department managers continue to justify its existence. We all have sacred cows in our operations and for whatever reasons they’ve continued to hang on, but in times that call for us to make tougher decisions and be more creative than ever, maybe the silver lining is that we’re able to finally set those cows out to pasture.

There’s been a lot of change in the industry this year and there’s more to come. While it can be stressful, it’s an invitation to rethink the way we work, do business with others, and relate with one another. And rethinking brings creativity and sometimes, better ways of doing things. Which isn’t bad at all.

Bonnie Watts, CEM, is IPMI’s vice president of sales.