It was while watching a few of the “Impossible” and “Rescue” reality shows over the last week that I decided on the topic for today’s blog post. . . Change.
As I have noted previously, my favorite TV shows these last couple of years have been reality shows where industry experts swoop in with limited time to save dying businesses. “Restaurant Impossible, Hotel Impossible, Bar Rescue and most recently Car Lot Rescue are on the top of my Tivo list. Whether it be a local honky tonk bar, a bed and breakfast or a buy here pay here car lot, it seems that 100% of the failing businesses featured on these shows share one common trait — the fear of change.
Most of the owners of the featured businesses contact the show related to their given industry asking for help. However, I would say that over 90% of the time, once the expert arrives on location with his advice and help, the business owner is less than receptive to say the least. “That is the way we have always done it” or “Our customers don’t like change” are phrases commonly heard from the failing business owners.
While watching one of these shows just last night I thought that a few quotes about the importance and benefits of change would help serve as a reminder to everyone at MEI to always be on the lookout for areas we can improve on. Or in other words, areas that need change. — Luke
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” Gail Sheehy
“To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill
“Change before you have to.” Jack Welch
“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” Confucius
“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” Benjamin Disraeli