Beware of someone who wants to change ‘everything’ in an organization

How could an organization that has been around for quite a while, employing many people, be a complete and utter failure that if this person doesn’t fix immediately, will surely perish?

I once met someone who said, upon starting a new position with an automotive aftermarket organization, “I’m going to have to change everything. It’s all wrong. Absolutely everything they’re doing is completely wrong!”

I’m paraphrasing, of course, but many of the same words and this sentiment came out of this person’s mouth. This left me wondering… How can this be?

How could an organization that has been around for quite a while, employing many people, be a complete and utter failure that if this person doesn’t fix immediately, will surely perish?

This conversation reminded me of a scene in the movie “Contact” (if you haven’t seen it, it’s a great sci-fi movie based on the book by astronomer Carl Sagan).

Jodie Foster’s character explains to Matthew McConaughey’s character the concept of Occam’s razor, which has been interpreted to mean if there are competing explanations for something, the easier explanation is probably the correct one.

In this instance, could it be that absolutely everything in the organization was totally wrong, everyone was inept and everything needed to be burned down and rebuilt all over again? Or could it be that the person coming into the job has control issues?

As you can imagine, I went with the latter.


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