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Change Management Course

Change management course

Change management course

You want your people to make changes.
You need your people to make changes.

The problem is this: they don't want to change.
Not many people like to change.

So you need your people to understand some things:

  1. Why things need to change.
  2. Understand the effects of change on you.
  3. Finding how you can influence change.
  4. Tools for managing change.
  5. How to drive effective change.

The points raised by change management are on three levels: Practical, tactical and emotional.

  1. Practical: Why change does and must always occur.
  2. Tactical: What each person needs to do in order to most effectively handle the changes.
  3. Emotional: How change can rattle some people and make them afraid, and how to overcome the fear and make change a challenge to make things better.

Let us take a look at all the main headings in turn.

1. What is change? And why does it have to happen

Change is the inevitable result of the progressive evolution that is occurring all the time, everywhere.

Change is part of a larger five part progressive formula.

  1. Set the goal that you want to achieve.
  2. Formulate a plan designed to achieve the goal.
  3. Implement the plan of action.
  4. Check the feedback results of the action you are taking.
  5. Where the plan is not working, either change the plan of action. Or change the goal.

Since the situation and context is always changing, the goal and the plan is always being reviewed and changed. This continual process means that there will be change for all of us.

2. Understanding the effects of change on you

The effects of change on you are on two levels.

  • Practical change in your circumstances.
  • Emotional reactions to the changes.

You have to deal with change on the same two levels.

  • You need to deal with the practical implications of change.
  • You need to deal with your emotional reaction to change.

Your reactions to change can be either:

  1. Adaptive and positive. You rewrite your goals, plans and take fresh action according to the new circumstances.
  2. Mal-adaptive and negative. You evade the need to change, you hope that it will all go away, and you become angry over the fact of the change and you become fearful for your future.

3. Finding how you can influence change

You can only influence change by taking the adaptive, positive method. You rewrite your goals plans and take fresh action according to the new circumstances.

4. Tools for managing change

Tools for managing change are also in the same two categories.

  1. Practical tools.
  2. Emotional tools.

Practical tools

Goal setting. Rewriting of new plans of action. A high degree of personal initiative and proactive work.

Emotional tools

The management of your own mind and mood. The mental rejection of emotions of fear, anger, resentment, bitterness worry and-or a pining for the return to the good old days.

5. How to drive effective change

Recognise that change is an inevitable part of living. Use change to your advantage, by using it to stimulate you to move up to the next level.
Don't allow change to intimidate you.
Use change to stimulate you into an adaptive response.

Points to ponder

  1. Change is inevitable.
  2. You can try to either: adapt to the change, or not.
  3. You should try to adapt to change by making it work for you, rather than against you.
  4. You should not try to make change stop. There is no such thing as NO CHANGE.
  5. Since change is inevitable, you will fail, if you fail to adapt.
  6. "Adapt" means improving your responses to change.
  7. Responses to change means three things: Practical, tactical and emotional responses.
  8. Practical: Why change does and must always occur.
  9. Tactical: What each person needs to do in order to most effectively handle the changes.
  10. Emotional: How change can rattle some people and make them afraid, and how to overcome the fear and make change a challenge to make things better.
  11. Big changes can be accomplished by making a series of smaller changes over time.
  12. Make yourself be the one who moves with the times, and uses the change in technology, political and social evolution, to your own advantage.

If you are interested in change management training please take a look at our change management training Course

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