On June 27, 2002 the first Gary Collins newsletter was sent to a few of my friends. From the beginning I have tried to keep this weekly letter relevant, interesting, easy to read, concise and free of advertising. That will continue but from the start I have had a major frustration. The letter has been a one-way communication with no easy way for you to respond or to interact with other readers. That is about to change.
The June 2010 Harvard Business Review focuses on change. “The new normal means constant change,” writes the HBR editor. “Companies [and presumably universities, churches, organizations, leaders and people helpers] must reinvent themselves if they want to survive.” This does not always happen, but changes can bring greater productivity, efficiency, creativity, relevance and energy. There even can be value in “change for change’s sake,” according to one HBR article. The longer things are done in the same old ways, the more rigidity sets in, innovation declines, interests become entrenched, and communication stalls. Of course there are core values, ethics, and biblical beliefs that do not and should not change. But we become stogy and irrelevant if we ignore the cultural, environmental, technological and relational changes that increasingly define the world where God has put us to live and make a difference.
This newsletter is about building people. (We’ll say more on that next week). It’s about trends, leadership, caregiving and change, like the changes that we introduce today. Between now and mid-July you will continue to receive the newsletter in your inbox. Then it will stop coming unless you resubscribe. To do so is easy. Subscribe by inserting your email address in the upper right corner near the words Email Subscription. That’s all. The letter will keep coming to your mailbox but the new format will let you respond easily if you want to do so. Why not leave a comment right now and let us know what you think of this new change.