People these days seem surprised that change leads to chaos and chaos leads to change.
All of these are temporary states, of course, that are intended to bring about a different set of operating precepts that work for the better of the organization, or state, or country. When change is intended, however, there is no other way to accomplish it other than to challenge the status quo, which in turn results in turmoil “in the ranks” and then, in turn, after a period of adjustment and realignment, brings about the changes that were needed. We’re seeing that today at the national level in the U.S. – a large number of people based in Washington, DC had come to believe that they, alone, ran the country and that their words were to be adhered to as gospel. These people are now being challenged in that belief – which is the “disruptor effect.” That circumstance, in turn will bring about changes that switch out some of those in these positions and realign others. But, when there are so many people who have come to believe that they run the country (without ever having been elected to do so), then it has become clear that some disruptive benefits are in order. I recently heard a well-respected journalist comment on the disruptor effect, citing a long-ago Democratic Senator who described the need for bringing about change and, in so doing, “ruffling feathers.” The Senator stated that after the feathers had been ruffled, you gave calm chance to be restored and then you went about instituting the changes that were needed. Well said – here’s to ruffling feathers! Or, better yet, here’s to change.