Yesterday in my Management class we began our discussion about change. All of us recognize that change is difficult. We did, however, look at two models dealing with the implementation of change. Kurt Lewin’s model involves unfreezing, changing, and then refreezing the system. It recognizes the importance of anchoring the change, or the system will revert to its previous level of comfort. We then discussed John Kotter’s model for change. It is a more recent change model for organizations, and more accurately reflects the white-water environment we as managers are leading our companies through. Kotter’s eight steps for change is popular, and I remember using it in my previous career.
The first step, and probably the most important step, is establishing a sense of urgency. The reason being, if we don’t see a need to change, then we won’t. I think that has been the case with the GOWMP (Formerly the GOP). The Grand Old White Man Party is beginning to recognize that if it is to regain its glory as the party of Abraham Lincoln, then it needs to adjust. Let me give you some detail on the urgency of change.
Women now make up one-third of all Doctors and Lawyers. This is a major shift from a generation ago, according to the WSJ. The numbers tell the story, “Women held 33.4% of all legal jobs – including lawyers, judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers – in 2010, up from 29.2% in 2000.” Add to this that “the share of female physicians and surgeons increased to 32.4% from 26.8% during the same period,” and we see data reflecting a critical changing demographic. Even the incorrect perception of male dominance in this country is diminishing, women are attaining a more dominant position in our society, as they should as representing 50% of our population.
The second area of change is in the area of immigration. In a speech Tuesday former President George W. Bush “argued that immigrants are a force for good in American Society.” Bush went on to say, “As our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration, I hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants.” With a growing Latino population this is becoming a critical issue, largely ignored by the GOP.
I for one think that the Republican Party has a branding issue. I think Republican policy, especially with the reduction of government, is critical for our fiscal health. However, the human side is just as important. Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio also see this and has begun the process of working to rebrand the party as a result of a huge loss. They recognize if they ever want to get the White House back, they will need a new image. Two of their rising starts, Paul Ryan and Marc Rubio, and leading this effort.
It appears they are attempting to find a balance when it comes to the size of government. “Both Mr. Ryan and Mr Rubio criticized the deficiencies of government while also making clear it plays an irreplaceable role. Government must act for the common good, while leaving private groups free to do the work that only they can do.”
Who knows where this will go, but I think the GOP has seen the writing on the wall. If they want to regain the moniker of “the Party of Lincoln” they have some work to do.
And that is my thought for the day!