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What can chips teach us about change?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

Have you ever decided not to take an opportunity and then found you've regretted it?

Last week I was travelling for work. The night before running a large conference session I stayed in my room, doing some final preparations and making sure everything was ready for the next day.

I ordered room service and when it arrived, I was excited to see a huge pile of crisp, beautifully formed chips on my plate. I was famished and ate the chips with enthusiasm. They were perfect. Crisp. Hot. Salty. Just what I needed.

I continued with my prep work for an hour or so. Then, I saw the chips that I had left on the plate. I remembered how fabulous they had tasted and without thinking it through, I picked one up and put it in my mouth. 

Erggh! It was cold, waxy and gross. Just thinking about it gives me a strange taste in the back of my throat.

Anyway, despite its unpleasantness, this experience provided a useful metaphor. Sometimes we want time to stand still and to have things stay just the way we remember them. Alas, like my chips, the world changes and so we need to change with it. Otherwise, we risk being constantly disappointed.

About the author

Kate Christiansen is an award-winning author, facilitator and mentor who helps leaders and teams navigate complex change, have greater impact and build momentum behind the moments that matter. Discover more at


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