Becoming a Change Agent
Derived from the film The Matrix, the blue pill and its opposite, the red pill, have become pop culture symbols representing the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red). The blue pill symbolizes staying the same while the red pill symbolizes change.
As human resources professionals, we make choices each day to stick to the status quo or to become a change agent. In the book The Art of the Start, author Guy Kawasaki uses the red pill as an analogue to leaders of new organizations, in that they face the same choice to either live in reality or fantasy. Kawasaki adds that if leaders want to be successful, we have to take the red pill and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Understand that once you select the red pill of change, you become a change agent destined for a complex endeavor. For those brave and daring enough to choose change, the following should be expected as you go beyond the looking glass. (more…)