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Change Agent in Perpetuity

A former colleague (one of my carefully selected handful of professional soul-mates) just sent me the following via LinkedIn:

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration.
Frank Tibolt
There seems to be a negative connotation to the term ‘change agent’ as it pertains to an individual’s role in the workplace. I’m fairly certain it crosses boundaries, but for certain the negative connotation is felt in higher ed. To the best of my knowledge, the concept is a change agent enters the workplace fresh as a daisy, makes all the tough decisions (typically needed), then after a short tenure slaps two hands together and exits, only to move on to the next target to ‘clean house’.

I believe the negative connotation needs to go. Especially as it pertains to technology leadership. If your technology leader is an agent of change, don’t you stagnate as an institution? Technology at its very core is change. Your leader should reflect that. Not change for the sake of change or work-harder-not-smarter change, but continuous improvement, intelligent evolution of technology, continually staying ahead of the curve.

If being a change agent in perpetuity is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

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