Is Change Good?

If you are like me, you are in your 60’s, spent 30+ years working for big companies, and heard the constant mantra “change is good.” Usually this dealt with a consultant’s revitalized concept of a 1 950’s business practice that they would get paid millions for trying to implement in the work-place.

It usually came along with a new mid-management organization chart where the bird cage theory would be used — same managers, just different perches. Everyone would grumble under their breath about whether this was really change, and whether it was really good for anything.

I know that woodworking is an individual thing and is not like working for a big corporation, so maybe change is good here. I don’t think too many people would argue that sharpening with precision grinders, super fine grit water stones and diamond plates beats a messy old oil stone that weeps a gooey mess over everything; however, even here we are witnessing a reluctance to change with people trying to turn bowls on treadle lathes and cutting dovetails by hand. I guess change is always resisted.

The one place where I think change is unquestionably good is in volunteer organizations like RWS. Being the current president, I was supposed to serve for three years, but have tendered my resignation to facilitate a move to the mid-west.

Well, even though a sour real-estate market has crimped my plans for change, RWS has greatly benefited. Brett Templar, the new president, has taken over and worked with our Board to get things moving. A full set of speakers and workshops are in-place for the next season, where just a few months ago there was nothing planned.

Brett and your Board have gotten things on-track and running smoothly. Change is good for RWS.