The Agility Factor

“Few small-to-medium sized companies in the telecommunications industry show consistently superior profitability relative to their peers, and they all have one thing in common: a highly developed capacity to adapt their business to change.” -Thomas Williams

Economic outlooks, indicators and forecasts are usually exercises in futility, much like meteorologists predicting a weekly weather report.  As a true skeptic of economic development models, I need convincing data that is not just another speculative forecast based on algorithms and guesswork.

During a recent company meeting at Avatel Technologies, we were introduced to this year’s theme:  “The Year for Growth”.  The data was presented with detailed clarity.  The new vision, as I perceive it, is one of productive action requiring infrastructure, resources, processes and know-how.  The presentation injected me with a renewed optimism for the year and beyond.

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As someone who values the efforts of American entrepreneurism, I know that every successful business must have a vision for growth and the capacity to see both the needs that must be met and the possibilities for the future.  Business leaders must break off limitations, confinements, restrictions and small thinking.  They must cultivate a culture that embraces growth.  They must see the vision set before them and make a decision to go up and meet the challenges.

Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP said, “an organization with high performing culture is unafraid of change.”  Said Wood, “Strengthening Avatel’s ability to change and adapt is imperative to our success.”  I couldn’t agree with her more.  Successful people adapt.  That’s what makes them consistently successful.  As we learn to adapt, and as those around us adapt, positive new possibilities emerge and take root.


At Avatel, we’ll never reach the next level unless we take it there and rise to the challenge.  This is an exciting time to be at Avatel, as we “Think Big” and pull the trigger!  Now, as leaders, we must commit the organization to a new course of action, mobilize resources and implement changes.

Niccolo Machiavelli’s insight is as relevant today as it was in the 15th century: “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.”

As I see it, we must see the ability to change and adapt as the key to long-term success.  We must not fear or avoid change; we must embrace it because our ability to manage change well, is our primary advantage.

Guest Blogger – Lonnie Ledford

Avatel Project Manager and Brand Ambassador


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