If you say static, you will be left behind, just like people were left behind when faxes where the new technology and others were mailing things. Just like faxes were left behind when people started sending email. Just like people are left behind who use email and slack and text exist.
I remember when I still did recruiting, I had a fax machine and delivered a resume to a client 10 minutes before they receive their mail and thus was able to collect a $20,000+ fee because my resume arrived the head of the mail.
This example seems so crude in the days when we have computers in your pocket that can do far more than what huge computers could do several decades ago. It just is symptomatic of the fact that things change and we need to adapt.
There is always the grumpy person in the office who complains about the change. Don’t be them. Even if you don’t fully understand it, try to embrace it.
After all, there was a time in many businesses where there is the secretarial pool of, generally, women who typed all day long. Then magic happened and dedicated word processing machines showed up. The only noise they generated is when they needed to print something. There are people who hated the idea of word processing unit is something that is liberated thought from our minds for decades.
Embrace change. Run from the people who grumble about it. Make them laugh at themselves; that’s okay. Tease them by pointing out, “you sound like one of those people who used to say,’ who would want to take a picture on their phone? Who would want to get the email on their phone? Surf the Internet? Why would I want to do that?”
Change is delicious.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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