After the Notre Dame fire, the French government announced a design competition for the ruined steeple —and sparked a fiery debate about tradition and change.

Leaders, too, are often debating what to change and what to keep. They ask themselves “Should I stick with the old or move to the new?” As you consider that, consider these other questions:

What values do I want my organization to express more fully?

Where would I like to see the organization go?

Will the choice enhance our aspirational reputation?

Will the change result in speed and enthusiasm or drag and apathy?

It’s often not just a choice or old versus new. Vintage cars have their appeal. New cars have safety and communication enhancements. It’s not that one is better than the other. The choice depends on what kind of journey we want and where we want to go.