Thoughts on Change... Is all the pessimism surrounding it really necessary?

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Embrace ChangeLet call what we are all experiencing what is is... CHANGE!

Sometimes change is planned, sometimes it isn't.  Often change happens to us and we do not get to choose.

Change can be frightening or unsettling... but as FDR said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." 

Change is rarely confined to a single event, hence the term "period of change".

So, yes, ActiveRain is going through some changes.  And some of the friends we have all come to love around here are moving on.  Some by choice, others, not.  I know I share the feelings that many others have expressed, but what I just refuse to buy into is the pessimism and borderline insanity surrounding it.

In a previous career, I was a Change Management consultant for a "Big 6" consulting firm.  One of the things that I learned early in that career was that change almost always precedes growth.  Think about it... if things are moving along steadily and nothing changes, what is the likelihood that things will be taken to the next level quickly?  Change accelerates things and, when managed properly, infuses an organization with fresh momentum.

I think that change may bring ActiveRain and all of us members new opportunities and our own business growth opportunities.  Nikesh Parekh, the new CEO and Bob Stewart have provided assurances about improvements to technology and a stable platform for members... a long requested and awaited change.  Bob has confirmed his commitment to the ActiveRain culture.  And with the recent departures of Doug Ching and Steven Graham, an assurance to continue AR's focus on training, education and member services has been made by Nikesh.  In comments made by Kerrie Greenhalgh, she has stated emphatically that she's not going anywhere.  To the best of my knowledge, nobody has backpeddled on these assurances and I would be surprised if they did.

Will things be different?  Yeah, they will.  People leave their mark on a position and/or an organization that they are a part of... especially one that people pour their hearts into like ActiveRain.  And when people leave, things are different because the people who replace them bring their own ideas and personalities with them.  But don't confuse different with worse!  I have been an AR member for nearly 4 years now, and I am excited to see what opportunities and enhancements these changes bring to our community.  Am I a bit uneasy about all this?  Absolutely... it's human nature!  But, I am also open to the possibility that the changes will bring great things for us all.  After talking with Nikesh and Bob, I kind of think they will.

There is always "Plan B", and we should all have one... that's just good business.  But in my heart, I believe that "Plan A" (or should that be Plan A-R?) is still going strong!


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Susie Johannes
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty - Lake Havasu City, AZ

Change is a good thing! It keeps life fresh and interesting! I am definitely optimistic when it comes to that subject! Thanks, great post!

May 22, 2011 05:16 PM #79
Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL
SaraMana Properties - - Bradenton, FL - Listings In Paradise

AR may well be in the process of imploding, or not. Surely, we won't know for at least six months . . .

May 22, 2011 06:52 PM #80
Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Steve, change can either propel a business to heights or sink it to new lows and as such needs to be thoroughly analyzed before the embrace. However in the case of AR I believe it will be propelled to new heights under the new regime.  

May 23, 2011 04:16 AM #81
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

If things didn't change then there'd be no growth. Change can be a good thing.  Great post!

May 23, 2011 05:41 AM #82
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

It seems like change is so constant nowadays, especially in this business.  Love the photo!

May 23, 2011 06:03 AM #83
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Change can be positive and wityout change there is no progress.  Hopefully the changes in AR will bring bigger and better things for all of us.  GIve it a chance and lets all continue to do what has made AR the special place that it is - sharing and caring as we carry on.

May 23, 2011 07:28 AM #84
Adam Mallory
eBroker Real Estate 619-566-ADAM - San Diego, CA
Broker, ABR, e-Pro

"...change almost always precedes growth..."

That's going on my fridge!

May 23, 2011 09:17 AM #85
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Nice to see a positive post about all this change Steve!  I agree with you, change happens and things will be even better!

May 23, 2011 10:08 AM #86
Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

I guess I haven't been here long enough because I am not sure what the issue actually is.

May 23, 2011 10:47 AM #87
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Great blog Steve,  AR is and always will be my special place.  Wish I could visit with you at Rain Camp but I could not come.  :(

May 23, 2011 03:38 PM #88
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta
Change is the only thing we can count on. We get good at moving forward and adapting!
May 23, 2011 03:54 PM #89
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Adapting to change is one way of telling if we still enjoy what we do.  Change gives us the opportunity to exercise decision making skills.

May 23, 2011 06:06 PM #90
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
Well said Steve and thank you for the encouraging words. I hope you are right. Change I can handle!
May 23, 2011 06:29 PM #91
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I am not being critical of any one, but these may be good changes for all concerned, even those that just left.  Sometimes change is hard and it comes with conflict, but things are always in a state of change and that is often needed.

May 25, 2011 06:34 AM #92
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

I left Rain Camp in Dallas secure in knowing that this change will be good for the Active Rain organization.  Change is difficult but constant, it's part of growth. 

Oh yes, it was very nice to meet you. 

May 26, 2011 09:42 PM #93
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Steve, this is an outstanding post!  I'm glad it got featured.  You are correct, change is scary.  But, it is required for continued growth and improvement.   Change is also a guaranteed part of life. 

May 28, 2011 03:41 AM #94
Andrew McGrath
Donovan Group Realty - Santa Ana, CA

Great Post Steve, I too think that change in this case will be interesting and not necessarily all negative. There was a post recently from an agent that received a 'destressing' gift basket from AR after she posted about some difficulties she had been experiencing. I think AR knows it will need to overcome some obstacles and it appears they will be putting in the work to do so.

May 28, 2011 05:25 AM #95
Gary Scardino
Gary Scardino - InvestPro Realty Group - Katy TX - Broker - Katy, TX
Katy TX Real Estate - Traditional and Investment Real Estate

Excellent post Steve... I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your session at the Dallas RainCamp last week. It was great to meet you and I hope to see you at a future RainCamp.

May 30, 2011 07:21 AM #96
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I am expecting GREAT THINGS! RainCamp was living proof that ActiveRain is not made up of just a few (including those that left), but of many. Many capable people that KNOW capable people! The job was done and quite possibly even BETTER than previously planned! Go ActiveRain!

May 31, 2011 05:18 PM #97
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Just wanted to stop over and let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you.  Your presentation with Debe was amazing.  And thanks for your sushi recommendations.  It was most appreciated.  I hope to see you soon at another Rain Camp very soon... :)

Jun 24, 2011 03:58 AM #98
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