In the 1800s, the British army faced a change. For the first time, they were confronted with a crude yet effective machine gun. At that time, British battle strategy was to have their soldiers (who were wearing brightly colored uniforms) attack the enemy by walking toward them in long, straight rows.

As you might imagine, that kind of strategy made it easy for the enemy’s machine gun to mow down the British troops. In their initial confrontation with the machine gun, five hundred British soldiers were killed or seriously injured in a matter of minutes! When the British field commander saw the devastation, he sent the following communication back to headquarters: “Send me five hundred more men!”

You would be amazed how many people and companies are approaching change today in the same way the British commander did then.