If You Can’t Change, Retire

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.


After making a big decision, most executives tend unconsciously to gather information that justifies their decision and then to make other decisions that support the first: “Let’s stick with this approach until it has had a chance to work,” or the classic “We’ve always done it that way.” Sticking with the status quo may feel safe; yet in a rapidly changing world, “safe” potentially means missed opportunities, lost market share, and stagnation. Your challenge as a leader is to avoid defaulting to safe decisions.

You might consider change to be complex and risky—something to be undertaken only in ...

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