Change Your Thinking, Change Your World

February 25, 2019 Company News, Corporate Culture

Change can be uncomfortable. By now, I’m sure we have all come to that conclusion. Change can happen overnight, in the blink of an eye, or slowly over time. It comes in many forms, both positive and negative. Regardless of how it shows up, one thing is for sure – change is inevitable.

And change is necessary. I don’t think I need to paint you a picture of what the world would look like if change wasn’t a constant.

But for a moment, let’s consider where ABS began – selling calculators like the one you see photographed below. Could you imagine if calculators still weighed 30 pounds? Could you imagine if our business was still fixated around selling antique calculators? I doubt I’d be in this position to tell you about it!

Fortunately, I’m surrounded by a great team of people at ABS who understand just how imperative change is to our industry. We actually embrace it.

Since we are constantly looking for ways to innovate and grow, we took a long, hard look at how we operate and where we could use some change.

So we paused. We reassessed our thinking. We stepped outside of the box. We asked ourselves “what if?”

As a result, we kicked off 2019 by combining our sales and engineering teams together for our annual kick-off instead of hosting them separately.

Was it a challenge bringing over 90 people under one roof for over 40 unique sessions? Absolutely. With the amount of extensive planning and coordination, it seemed impossible. But as we learned from our friend Kate Foster at Kickstart Specialists, if you change your thinking, you can change your world.

As a result, the feedback for our 2019 Engineering + Sales Kick Off was completely off the charts. This one change, which seemed painful in the beginning, resulted in something truly amazing. It fostered an environment where two sides of our business were able to come together to collaborate, learn, and have fun as one team.

I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by the ABS family who continually put their faith and trust in the past, present, and future changes at ABS. I know that if we can continue to focus on innovating through change, however uncomfortable it may be, we will undoubtedly succeed together.

Hunter Dorroh is the Chief Executive Officer and Visionary, who like all of the Dorroh kids started working at ABS under the leadership of his father pulling weeds and picking up cigarette butts. After graduation from the College of William and Mary in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, he began in the accounting department.