Change Your Attitude About Change, and Embrace it

July 12, 2014
Change is everywhere. SMEs must embrace change much more determined

Change is constant. Change is painful. Even thinking about change can cause a huge stress. Change creates uncertainty. Hence many entrepreneurs think and act accordingly; “better the devil you know than you don’t.”

Whether a global corporation or an SME, too often too many initiatives and improvement measures are not implemented with the determination they need.

This creates frustration, particularly among employees.

In the SMEs I know, I can see a similar pattern: The entrepreneur or an employee launches a really progressive improvement measure. Once the first challenges surface, it is usually the entrepreneur who gets cold feet and doesn’t want to proceed. The initiative dies.

Lack of resolve is the worst enemy of change.

Change creates opportunities. Change keeps us alert. Change makes you meet new people.

Change is life!

If you are thinking of implementing a change in your personal life or in your company, there is only one way to do it: Just do it!  Jump into the wonderful uncertainty and learn to fly.

About the Author

R. Paul Vuolle Blog | CEO

R. Paul Vuolle's blog "The SME's Guide to European Manufacturing," has moved. You'll find his latest ideas and commentary on SME European Manufacturing on IndustryWeek's IdeaXchange. 

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R. Paul Vuolle, CEO of Bellevue SME Advisors GmbH in Switzerland and Germany, works actively with small and medium (SME) size manufacturing companies in Europe in SCM/Outsourcing, logistics, turnaround and restructuring, market expansion, as well as succession planning and financing. He also frequently supports technology start- ups in building up their business. 

Paul has over 20 years operational industry experience in engineering, electronics, industrial automation, building automation, investment goods like electrical drives, automatic test & measurement systems, HV Transformer production systems. During his career he has worked in manufacturing industries in supply chain management, outsourcing, logistics, production, R&D and successfully selling to international large key accounts. Paul has also run a sizeable amount of M&A transactions in numerous countries around the world.

He has built up his experience working in various leadership positions and functions in large corporations, such as ABB, and having executive positions in medium-size family companies and as a technology entrepreneur.

Paul is MSc. E.E. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich as well as BSc.E.E. from Helsinki Institute of Technology.

Paul is a long time member of IEEE and of its Industrial Applications Society.

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