“The only constant in life is change” – Heraclitus
It seems funny to me that a Greek philosopher in 475BC would be talking about and still quoted regarding change. After all, how much could it really be changing in his time, long before, computers, mobile phones and electronic tablets? But from his perspective, I’m sure Heraclitus did experience a great deal of change and not surprisingly, change remains the only constant for many of us.
Nxtbook Media is in a whirlwind of change and I think it’s worthwhile to address some of the larger examples. My hope is that so our employees, clients and friends will be able to keep up with these changes, and, when appropriate, understand how we’ve arrived to where we find ourselves today.
One thing I understand about change is most people are less thrilled to go through it. Consultants even have a label for it; referring to certain employees as being not very “change ready.” Whether it be taking a new route to work or answering the telephone a certain way, most of do what we do because we’re used to it.
For people to embrace change, most of them require a high degree of clarity in regards to the nature and reasons for changes. Leaders can be guilty of providing a lack of clarity; prone to thinking that we know where we are going so if everyone just follows along, we will get you there. Often it seems that leaders forget what it was like when we were the ones on the receiving end of change information without a degree of clarity. Like many employees, we often weren’t told much about the direction the organization was going, even while we were expected to embrace the changes that came along.
So couple that with my own high tolerance for ambiguity and I’m left with a dual-faceted situation: Ensure the employees at Nxtbook are updated and prepared for change even while my internal voice is saying, “Sure, let’s give it a try. It’s different, but let’s give it a go and figure out the details later.”
With that background in place, and my own hope you’ll join enjoy being connected to these stories of our growth, let’s explore one of the many exciting changes we’re currently experience.
We moved into our current building at Urban Place in Lancaster in what is known as. Building 9. We took over the entirety of the smaller building – two floors of space in October 1, 2007. We lived in that space for little over a year until we knew it was too small. On April 1, 2009, we moved into more space in Building 7 and have remained in what really is three unique spaces, two floors in one building and another space in a separate building. While not without obvious challenges, truth be told the space worked out very well for us and the company experienced a lot of exciting growth during this “three floor era.”
A few months ago we decided to redo our space in Building 7, expand it all the way to New Holland Avenue, and move the entire company into this single, larger space. While the new space will offer us some of conveniences all growing organizations desire in terms of more square footage, restrooms, etc., the most exciting aspect of the move is that the entirety of Nxtbook will be together in a single, open space. We are confident this will help with our communication and result in a tight-knit group becoming even closer.
On top of it all, it gives us an opportunity to make it Nxtbook COOL which we are looking forward to. Ideas of how to put our creativity and energy into the space are well underway, and I’m confident the move will be ultimately successful.
That said, I’m going to hold true to my promise and do by best to not forget that not everyone is like me and it will hold some trepidation for others. I’m learning that as exciting as it may be to head into a new direction, it’s doubly so when others share in the knowledge of the journey as well.
April 9th, 2014 by Michael Biggerstaff