Have you ever played a game of Pac-man? It is a simple game where you control a little eater eating dots on the screen, while ghosts are chasing you. The game is an excellent mirror of business life in a changing environment:
- In Pac-man, you are trying to improve your health at every step by eating a dot and staying out of the way of the ghosts.
- In business life, you are making small changes to your products and procedures to sell more and stay out of the way of your competitors.
- In Pac-man, sometimes things get stuck. Ghosts are closing in from all sides, and there is no escape. At such a point, you can use the teleport: a panic key that takes you to a random spot in the scene in an instant.
- In business life, sometimes things get stuck. Competitors are closing in and it seems there is no way out. At such a point the CEO will call (often quickly without consulting all those that are involved) for a radical reorganization.
If you realize that a reorganization has not brought you immediate gains, try to refrain from making further reorganizations. Instead, look for opportunities for small changes, and give it some time.