Look for the positives! Seek them out – those little scary places that it’s challenging to let yourself go to – the positives are genuinely scary, because they give you hope and it’s hard to let go of all the fears you have right now – so hanging onto them is the easiest path! So try letting yourself go, just for the heck of it! Take that step back from being ‘done to’ and take the initiative. At work, at home or wherever, this can be a great time, if you let it. There are loads of ideas why. Here are eleven of my favorites…
1. Personal Growth
Change gives us great moments for self-development and personal growth. It is in times where there is a lot going on, where we have to get out of our box to think, even when change is imposed, that we move forward.
2. Involving Others
During change periods we can create relationships that are new – and we, as managers, have a great chance to bring others into our confidence and into our network.
There is something about change, large or small which creates ‘something different’ from our routine day. This is pretty cool really. We are being provided with stimulating mental exercise to make the best of things happening differently. It might not look that way, but change brings adventure!
4. Building it in
Learning about big changes, means that we can closely observe why those changes are necessary. We have to make radical changes because we have strayed well off course. So as we learn, we can make provision to have some minor course corrections rather than completely the wrong destination.
In his great book, ‘The Inner Game of Work’, Timothy Gallwey talks about the fine balance between security and challenge being what gets people motivated. By creating new things to learn, to do, we stretch our people – and ourselves.
Change brings new opportunity. For learning; for understanding ourselves better; for new perspectives; for different roles. These can be grasped personally or they can be dwelt on miserably. The better choice is to go for it!
7. Team Bonding
Change exercises, big and small can be great to develop a team. Where there is the opportunity to work together, manager with their closest people there are often places, moments where the team spirit; the trust and the shared commitment – the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ even, enables future potential of a team to be loosened.
Where radical change proves necessary it enlightens those involved that where they are is not where they need to be. Carrying out a review of why serious change is necessary and seeking the real truth is very revealing. The icing on the cake for those involved in organizational change processes is to create a feedback loop that renders future major change unnecessary.
Change is not truly necessary. Change is about choice. You have the choice whether to accept it positively or not. It is your choice and everyone has that – believe it or not. No-one is holding you down to prevent you getting away. Take personal responsibility for the choices you make.
Change gives the opportunity for and usually gets really down to the gist of the issues that have precipitated the need. This is good. Your organization is realizing that things need to be different, for all sorts of reasons, but usually for the health of the organization and that means you, usually. For some it may mean loss of role, status and even job – now what positive opportunity does that bring!
And finally, we have the opportunity to review our own roles, not just in the workplace, but in life too. Are you passionate about your work – or are you just muddling through? Are new opportunities presented to you personally through change – within or without the place where you work today? What is your personal passion and how do you work towards making that how you spend every day of your life?
Hey change can be fun, if you let it be. Your life can be a straight line, and if you saw that one ER, what would it mean…
Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, http://www.coaching-businesses-to-success.com.