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Change Change Change

Written by  Thomas Magee

Gen. Eric Shinseki, retired chief of staff of the US Army and former secretary of veteran affairs said once, “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” Government leaders have wrestled with that paradox. Environmental circumstances demand change be made in policy or procedures. However, change doesn’t come easy in large organizations, especially in government organizations. All organizations, large federal cabinet agencies or small county emergency management offices face this problem. How does a leader bring that change? How does a leader make it stick through next month or say 10 years from now? Leaders try to implement this change in different ways. Most choose to implement this change with a rhetorical equivalent version of a sledge hammer. They make a big event of the change. They go for the obvious optics to win over supporters and minimize opposition within the bureaucracy. The senior leader sets up