November 22, 2006
A work colleague just e-mailed round an article on "coping with change" - never a good sign. The whole thing's here, if you're interested, but it's pretty much the usual boilerplate managerial gibberish until you get to the last few paragraphs:
The "new normalcy"Great analogy, Sparky!
Ultimately, we may discover that the current state of flux is permanent. After the events of September 11, Vice President Richard Cheney said we should accept the many resultant changes in daily life as permanent rather than temporary. "Think of them," he recommended, "as the 'new normalcy.'"
You should take the same approach to the changes happening at your workplace. These are not temporary adjustments until things get "back to normal." They are probably the "new normalcy" of your life as a company. The sooner you can accept that these changes are permanent, the better you can cope with them all--and enjoy their positive results.
It's a wonder Giuliani didn't ensure his traumatised citizenry were all issued with a copy of Who Moved My Cheese?.