Tim Timmons | Crawfordsville, IN

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June 13, 2021

3/7/2014 5:07:00 PM
Sit still at your own peril

I was watching TV and saw an ad for a cell phone that you can use to surf the ESPN television channels.
How much of our world is changing right before our eyes? It would seem a great deal. It would also seem that many of the things we take for granted are changing as well.
Apparently we have phones now we can watch TV on, as well as listen to music.
Records, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and DVDs are either extinct or are changing dramatically.
We have cars that can parallel park themselves.
In Crawfordsville, we have a local electric utility that is branching out and offering television and Internet access through fiber optic connections.
Money is changing as things go more electronic. You can buy pre-paid credit cards, mall shopping cards, electronic business cards and greeting cards that sing to you.
What does this have to do with business?
But allow me to digress. Right before I got my first big promotion to head up a company, my old boss sat me down and gave me some advice. Go there and don't do much or change much for the first year, he said. It was a solid business and the underlying message was, in kind and gentle terms, don't screw it up.
It was good advice.
In today's world, it would also be the surest way to fail.
Things are changing so rapidly that everyone from the head of the company down to the folks on the front lines has to be agile, mobile and versatile (a modest revision of an old military line). There is simply no way that any of us can afford to sit back and let things roll along as usual.
On the other hand, I guess there still might be some folks out there who hop in their Pinto and drive to work grooving to the sounds from their 8-tracks.

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