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This is a touching story of how unexpected some lessons on leadership can come by...
Change is hard and normally difficult to embrace whole-heartedly, but it is usually imperative that we give in to it eventually.

Of course, this is applicable to certain and not all circumstances (read: business and market demand).

Take the recent news of Nokia's acquisition by Microsoft:

Oh, such memories the look of you brings... though I never owned a unit of you before, it is such a nostalgic sight!
Recalling the good old Nokia 3310, that popular piece of robust telecommunication tool that should go into pop culture history books as being 'THE phone of the early '00s", it is sad how nearly two decades later, Nokia has failed to keep up with the times and continue to stand on its own two feet, ultimately being acquired by a software giant due to its failing circumstances.

Coming back to point of this post, change is the underlying lesson that Nokia has had to learn the hard (and expensive) way, as denoted in this article:

  1. To change and improve yourself is giving yourself a second chance. To be forced by others to change, is like being discarded.
While I am no business/economics pundit, what this statement means is to always give yourself a chance to change and improve. What is the point of staying the same and doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results each time, especially in a changing society like ours? That, by Einstein's definition, is insanity. 

Surely some change is good to embrace, given that you have taken the time to evaluate how you will go about accomplishing that change and why it matters that you do. It is human nature to avoid experiencing pain, and, knowing how change would normally be quite painful, we tend to avoid it. But surely, no pain, no gain, right?
(Think of weight loss for health reasons; no pain (of exercise), no gain (in health) right?)
Similarly, any desire to change can't be without it's difficult actions to take, but acknowledging the benefits that one might gain from it that outweigh the costs, is already a good starting point.

I strongly believe that complacency will eventually lead to disastrous results, especially since being complacent means never changing anything you do because you feel (overly) comfortable. Perhaps that is partly what led to Nokia's failure, who knows? But the point is this: not making any room for potential changes you might unexpectedly face is already a bad sign. Example: If you assume that your company will always provide that fixed 5% salary increment for the next two decades, think again. Who knows if the company goes bust (possibly in part because of such a policy)? Who knows when the company decides to change its policies including the one that accords this provision in place of some 'new policy' reason (note: 20 years is a long time for things to remain the same)?
The point here is not that of being pessimistic and expect every good thing to ultimately end in a bad thing, but rather, always have a 'Plan B' in case things go bad, because more often than not, some things will, whether we like it or not.

However, this is somewhat like the phrase, of being "cautiously optimistic", which some finance publications like to make, but one that I disagree with. It is an oxymoron of sorts: how can one be optimistic if their minds are constantly fraught with all sorts of caution? It's contradicting, and is nothing like the scenario I described earlier about fixed pay rises. Why? Because a fixed pay rise has nothing to do with chance/risks that require you to make, therefore requiring one to be optimistic. But it does require you to be cautious precisely because it is beyond your control or choice, unlike when these pundits describe about buying/selling shares and making finance calls on your own volition.

Change necessitates action, but not all actions will result in change. 
And then, there is of course, some changes that aren't always good, like using synthetic materials (plastic) in place of more natural packaging, among others.

I hope the take-home message here is reached, and that is, expect change, and prepare yourself for it.