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August Monthly Perspective: The Business of Change

Date posted: Saturday, 1st August 2009

Having recently moved house and area I have seen how demanding a lot of change can be, an easier way to change is taking it one step at a time and turn it into a habit.

Incorporating environmental issues into business may require changing business practice or habits. We are all creatures of habit whether good or bad, because once a habit is established we don't have to programme it into what we do, it just happens. This is the same in business. Making efficiency a habit means that we can cut our costs and operate efficiently without it becoming the focus of what we do.

To change a habit or business practice it is important to:
• be clear about your goal - this is where setting targets is important
• understand why you are doing it and what the benefits are
• establish an alternative 'habit' that works
• be prepared to persuade people who are resistant to the change by understanding why you are doing it
• communicate this change and recognise and reward achievements.
For example switching off lights and equipment at the end of the day. Understanding the savings this can achieve and seeking an approach that will work is key to successful implementation. The big plus of changing a habit in business is that major savings can be achieved with very little effort. Efficiency becomes easy because it has become a habit.

Tip: make efficiency easy by making it a habit or business practice.

“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive”.
Albert Einstein.
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