changeWhen making a change, there will be other changes that you may not have expected. Some of these changes may seem irrelevant but each one of them has an impact on your efforts. For example, a while back I tried a carb-free diet to lose weight. For breakfast, I would make two eggs. For years I made my eggs over easy or sunny side up. I found that to stay on the carb-free diet, I needed to make my eggs scrambled. Why? Obviously there was no difference nutritionally between the different styles of eggs. The difference was in another habit of mine. When I made my eggs, I would soak up the yolk with a piece of bread. The habit was so ingrained that when I ate the eggs in my usual style, I got a craving for bread. Switching to scrambled meant no yolk to soak up, and no craving for bread.

The same things happen when you make changes in your business. Changes in one segment of your business will require adjustments in other parts to make the change stick. To make lasting changes, you must be willing to accept these new adjustments. Sometimes the changes will be able to be implemented sequentially, but sometimes they will need to implemented concurrently so you can move forward.

To make it easier to implement change, here are some tips to follow:

  • Make changes one step at a time: Break down the change you want to make into simple steps. Implement one step at a time.
  • Track effects: As you change the first step, examine your operations to see what effects the change has had.
  • Adapt to effects: Make any adjustments you need to adapt to the new process. This can include changing other processes to handle effects, or if the effects are too disruptive, you may need to re-evaluate the original change.
  • Repeat: Once you have the first step working well, implement the second step and repeat the process.