As a French citizen living in the US, I’m legally bound to read Le Monde, the closest thing we have to a French national newspaper. In a great story today, the paper talked about the ‘ecce homo’ (behold the man) painting of Jesus that was ‘lovingly’ restored by a well-meaning, 80-year-old woman, Cecilia Giménez, living next to a church in Borja, Spain.
This often happens to business process as well and can have a profoundly negative impact on the view of future change. The painting by Elías García Martínez is a classic. It was recognized around the world for its brush strokes and human expression.
Sure, it wasn’t perfect after moisture took its toll. But maybe the first criteria for change should be, “Does it still do what it needs to do?” The answer in this case was, “Yes.” Even damaged, it was inspirational. ‘Fixed’, it has little value.