Sunday, May 09, 2010

To effect change requires energy

Albert Einstein said: E=mc2
"One of Einstein's great insights was to realize that matter and energy are really different forms of the same thing. Matter can be turned into energy, and energy into matter." —Bill Willis
I have been thinking a lot about "change" of late, in preparation for addressing the DoD Performance Symposium on June 9, 2010 at the National Conference Center in Virginia. One of the more interesting twists in my mental exercises comes from the rereading of a number of texts and articles on change and this notion that change requires energy. Framed another way, consider Newton's First Law of Motion: "An object at rest tends to stay at rest, or if it is in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by a sum of physical forces." *batteries not included One of the great marketing expressions of the last century was this classic that was so powerful it was made into a movie starring Jessica Tandy (and for which she won the 1988 Saturn Award). But I digress... If your organization (in the DoD space) seems to have trouble initiating and fully implementing the proper changes at the proper time, maybe your batteries are low! Maybe the bigger issue is how to quantify "proper" changes? Perhaps your system's boundary lines seem to shift at the most inopportune time? Join me at this year's event: 2010 DoD Performance Symposium National Conference Center, Virginia June 8-10, 2010 What: A three-day conference on performance that includes presentations by senior Defense officials, Federal Government leaders, Service leaders, Deployment leaders and Transformation leaders from all branches and agencies. Voice of the Customer: Based on attendee feedback from past events, this symposium will:
  1. Feature two days of general session and daily practitioner breakouts.
  2. Showcase significant business operations issues that were solved by using performance improvement methodologies resulting in positively impacting the front-line warfighter.
  3. Have the last day dedicated for services and agencies to meet and discuss/grow their respective initiatives.
Where: National Conference Center, Lansdowne, Va. Link: Registration information To Register after May 25, 2010, call the National Conference Center directly at 703-729-8000.
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