“What things do you need to pay attention to that will have an impact one year from now?” I asked.
“This company is pretty stable in what it does,” Melanie replied. “We may replace a machine or our volume might go up or down. But what is really volatile, is the people. You never know what is going to happen with the people.” Melanie’s mind began to race like she had just discovered uranium. “The biggest change is always the people. And even if the people don’t change, the people change. It’s still the same people, but, they are not the same people.”
Melanie’s discovery of uranium was shifting to panic. This new world that opened up just a few seconds ago, suddenly got very scary.
“It’s not just the people that change,” I smiled. “It’s the relationships. Organizational structure is the working relationships between our team members.”
“So, as a manager, I have to see the way things are now, and think about the impact a year from now?”
“Yes,” I nodded. -Tom