Waukesha County Board Chairman and Maverick Innovation Lab
co-founder Paul Decker addresses the Waukesha County
Business Alliance Young Professionals group Tuesday on the
topic of “The Human Need for Change.”
Katherine Michalets/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA - Without humans adapting to change, there
would be no innovation. Waukesha County Chairman and
Maverick Innovation Lab co-founder Paul Decker addressed
the Waukesha County Business Alliance Young
Professionals group Tuesday on the topic of “The Human
Need for Change.”
He said it is
humans’ ability to adapt and change that has led to advancement -
and without that ability, humans would not exist. The same can be
applied to businesses, he said, emphasizing ways that people can
handle change at work and create innovation.
a workplace is key when it comes to change. “Communication means you
are in it as a team,” Decker said.
to ask co-workers and employees how they feel about the pending
change and then listen to the response, he said.
“Our ability to
adapt depends on how well we communicate with each other,” he said.
be beneficial in life, Decker said, because it can lead to
developing resilience. A person’s resilience can then make an
organization or society better.
In fact, Decker
said when a person is stressed, he is in a better position to adapt,
and a resilient person will ultimately be a better colleague.
“It’s all about
attitude. What changes are you going to overcome?” Decker said.
encouraged the Young Professionals group Tuesday to think about what
they could do by the end of this week to create change in their
workplace equivalent to inventing the wheel. He said as young
professionals, they can help change their organizations, especially
One of the
biggest hurdles for companies when addressing change and creating
innovation is the “we have always done it this way before”
mentality, Decker noted.
“A lot of people
don’t think of it as a positive,” Decker said of change.
luncheon Tuesday, Decker shared his experience of being diagnosed
with cancer at age 45. Surgery resulted in Decker losing a lung and
lymphoids and the doctor telling him he might not even survive the
surgery, let alone the night post-operation.
ability to adapt is marvelous if we allow it to happen,” he said.
A person cannot
lead without a vision, which is based on what the person has
experienced and the adaptions he or she has made through the years,
“In my little
way, I can make something good happen today, tomorrow,” he told the