"Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights." ~Pauline R. Kezer
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Savannah, GA. I was inspired by the city’s ability to meld the old and the new.
Everywhere you look you can see evidence of Savannah’s rich history. According to Savannah tourism guides, 22 of the original 24 “squares” have been preserved throughout the city and are an integral part of downtown Savannah life.
However, Savannah is anything but backward. Modern conveniences thrive alongside historic cobblestone streets and monuments. In one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants, The Olde Pink House, the building itself dates back to 1789 but the kitchens are updated and air conditioning is added for the comfort of diners.
This concept of preservation and progress got me thinking about how it could be used in my own life and business. The need to move forward at all costs needs to be tempered by the idea of keeping what works.
My call.......keep what is important and only embrace changes that enhance and complement your core values.
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It is important not to change the fundamentals. These fundamentals are the foundation upon which you built your company. They are your core purpose and goals.
Therefore, it is not simply out with the old and in with the new. Integration between the two is what really leads to success. To achieve this goal, many companies are returning to “real person” customer service over automated systems. While automation was seen as “progress”, companies are realizing that their fundamental desire to provide personal customer service suffers.
It is important to realize; “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward”. ~Ellen Glasgow
Making changes can actually move your company “backward” if they are not in line with your foundation or core.
While I fully believe that progress and change are great goals, preserving some traditions are equally as important. Change should come about only when that change stays in line with your core values and beliefs.
The ability to blend the old with the new is what intrigues me. As I observed in the city of Savannah, it is not only possible, it works!
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