June President's Message
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
If you focus on results, you
will never change.
If you focus on change, you will
I love quotes. I have collected many pages of
them. They are so succinct and yet profound. This particular quote
is one of my favorites. To master focus is to master success.
Whether in sports, in our careers, or in our personal lives. But when we
do not focus on the right things, we can sabotage ourselves.
When people who want to lose weight focus on losing
twenty pounds, their misplaced focus on results means they will probably never
get there. But if those people focus on what they are going to change
in their diet and exercise routine, they do not even need to worry about losing
those twenty pounds. Those twenty pounds will be gone. The desired
results will happen when the focus is on change.
GMIS members are IT leaders. We love to talk about
change. We love to think of ourselves as transformation catalysts in
our organizations. Sometimes we even smirk at our customers who are
resistant to change. And yet, we usually want to be the ones initiating
the changes. We are not usually too excited when other people are
thrusting change upon us. Maybe we are just a tad hypocritical. But
that is okay. In spite of rumors to the contrary, we too are just normal
human beings who can be resistant to change. I am not trying to say that
all change is good. Some changes are genuinely destructive. But
when change just means extending ourselves outside our comfort zone and accept
new ideas and new procedures, change can result in major professional and
personal development. Change can be one of our most powerful tools for
So how do we lessen the pain of changes thrust upon
us? Or the pain of changes we know we need to make but don’t really want
to? You know. Eat more veggies. Forsake soda. Spend an
hour each day studying best practices, public speaking, IT budgeting, writing
policy manuals, drafting job descriptions, ensuring endpoint security,
etc. The way to lessen the pain is to leverage GMIS! Every time I
look at the daily emails in our GMIS listserv, I am witnessing change in real
time. Some GMIS members are trying to change. Some GMIS members are
trying to survive changes being thrust upon them. And thankfully, we have
GMIS members trying to help their peers go through those changes
successfully. The GMIS listserv is like a healthy living organism.
If we focus on change, the best change, we will get our
desired results. And if we use the power of GMIS to help us focus on the
best change … well, let me end with another quote.
And will you succeed? Yes
indeed, yes indeed!
Ninety-eight and three-quarters