The two weeks - one in a developed country and another in one of the fastest growing countries
of the world was a great lesson on the impact of change.
While I was in Australia, I saw enough of the television footage of the incumbent Prime Minister. He spoke of the dangers of electing the opposition who are a bunch of trade union leaders. He was of course trailing behind in the opinion polls and he had been in power for about 10 years. Was Australia ready for change?
In India, the Prime Minister lamented about the obstacles put on the path of change. He was commenting on the opposition to the India - USA nuclear deal. The ruling government talked about going to elections to seek a fresh mandate.
On the ground, people were less bothered about the Australian elections or the India - US nuclear deal. Life was revolving in a buoyant economy. The issue that was centre stage was the talent crisis and the pace of change.
Coincidentally, my book for reading on the long flights was on Change by Harvard Professor John Kotter. His eight step process of creating major change starts with two critical stages: establish a sense of urgency and creating the guiding coalition. Kotter is very persuasive in communicating that these two steps precede the other six steps in creating major change. Visit the website
for more details.