Gradual change

If you find
Major change can be hard to handle or manage
Looking at big shifts can be daunting
Most field changes and many other changes that are worth having happen gradually.

This allows the system time to adjust and have everything in place to support the continuation of the change rather than having it slump back to the old situation.

Radical change leaves opportunities for invasive species or for problematic events that might leave your chosen species disadvantaged.

Spraying out a weed creates an immediate gap which equals an opportunity for a new weed, particularly given that the space that is left usually comes complete with soft soil which has been created by the weed you just killed.

Incremental change usually means the transition will be slower, but it is more likely to be in the right direction and more likely to be sustained. It is less likely take a path that doesn’t work.

Steady change makes it easy to try new things and have small and continuing improvement. Any mistakes or wrong turnings are small and can be corrected quickly and easily.

It is often easier to manage steady change than rapid change, so there is time to develop management skills as you and the system evolve together.

If the change is towards something you haven’t done before, it allows you time to try different methods, different ways of assessing the new allows you to find better ways of doing things.

This is the farming version of that wonderful old saying, recorded by Laozi, author of the Tao Te Ching: A journey of a thousand li starts beneath one’s feet. A li is about half a kilometre or a third of a mile.

And this principle applies to shifts in enterprises. Sometimes it is best to have a Grown business than one that starts with a bang. Grow into business gradually and let it happen from the roots up, giving you time to fine-tune it as you go.

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