While watching the World Series, I heard one of the announcers talk about a pitcher saying that if his mechanics are working and he’s throwing strikes, he shouldn’t change anything. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a phrase almost every athlete has heard from either a family member, coach, or teammate. But, is it accurate?
The counterpart, “When you’re on top of your game, change your game” is from Legacy by James Kerr, a story about the All Blacks rugby team from New Zealand, the most winningness team in history. Kerr explains that “adaption is not a reaction…it’s being the agent of change.” If change is inevitable and necessary, then why aren’t we encouraging it more?
Think about a major company like Google. They are constantly evolving and adapting. They are the most popular search engine, and even at the top of their game, they are consistently changing their ways of thinking to help search engine users and create an experience.
How does Google create an experience? Two extremely unique things about Google are the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button” and the opportunity to play games in their browser. Try it.
In the 19 years that Google has been a company, they have updated their logo seven times.
The most recent update in the logo, Googled commented on their change by saying, “Google is not a conventional company. Our mission…continues to evolve.” Their mission and their products continue to evolve even at the top of their game. If Google was the exact same search engine that it was in 1998, I guarantee it would not have the effectiveness it does today. Google is smart and abides by the same policy that the All Blacks do. Change is constant; it is needed for an ever growing environment, and it helps continue the momentum.