Friday, March 24, 2017

Agility in the Face of Change

Charles Thiel, Communication Systems Inc., Allentown Chamber President

Business. People. Allentown. All are changing. Some slow and some fast, but if there is one thing we can all agree upon, it is certainly that change is constant. You can always depend on change. It seems that the pace of change has become much more rapid in 2017.

Change is always happening. We can choose to participate, proactively, or be the recipient of the changes that happen around us.


Albert Einstein has been credited with saying that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Einstein, the genius, clearly recognized that no one could change “change.” We are all “humbled” by change and the sooner we recognize the need to work iteratively and adapt to people, methodology and seasons, the faster we will see results.


Why the focus on “change” in this month’s article? Because the world, our country, and Allentown as a city and business community, is changing and everyone reading this article need only to look at the past few years to see its change.


Change happens in us and around us. We have so much more control of the change in us than around us, which leads me to an ever-increasing business topic in these “changing times.” Agility. The need to be personally, professionally and organizationally agile is increasing in our rapidly changing world. Over the past few decades, we saw an emphasis on change management. But change management is now giving way to agility as we realize that our ability to manage change has decreased with the rapid onset of greater and faster change.


Agility is defined as being quick and graceful. Change starts with me. Change starts with you.

Let’s focus on developing our agility and grow together