Posted 07 February 2011 by Chris Farmer
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Change is always with us; you have heard the saying "You can't step in the same river twice".
No sooner have you recovered from the latest policy change, then, along comes the next policy change and you have to start again.
For many people, change is a de-motivator because change creates uncertainty.
Most people don't like feeling uncertain, so most people don't like CHANGE.
Change leads to uncertainty: so we don't like change.
But whether you like it or not, you have to live with constant change.
- Technological advances will change how you communicate.
- Political change will change the world order. (See Egyptian revolutionaries for details).
- The passage of time will cause YOU to undergo changes: your face will appear older!
So you won't necessarily like the CHANGE, but you must HANDLE the change
HOW? Here are the steps
1. Decide to think of change as EVOLUTION
Life evolves and becomes steadily more complex and integrated: AND better.
Evolutionary change is "Strength through struggle". Decide that change is "the stuff of life" and STRIVE to embrace change and work WITH it.
- DON'T refuse to change:
- DON'T be stubborn; determined to stay the same:
- DON'T be a dinosaur
- STRIVE to adapt, improve and be different: ready for next year.
2. Re-evaluate your goals in relation to the latest change
Ask yourself, "Under the changed conditions are my goals still valid?"
- If yes fine!
- If no: then rewrite your goals list
For example, now that the spending budget has been cut, is now the best time to be targeting schools in your sales promotion? If yes fine! If no: then move to another sector. Remember that your goals must be related to three things: they must be related to
1. Your honest desires: you must honestly want your goal.
2. Your abilities and skills: you must have enough knowledge.
3. The context operating at the time: It must be at least POSSIBLE, given the current climate. And the climate keeps changing.
3. Build Plans
If the latest change presents a problem to you, then gather the team together and build practical written plans of action. Divide the problem into smaller "sub sets" and BUILD PLANS. Don't waste any time:
- Asking fruitless questions such as "why does this always happen to me?"
In fact, I want to suggest that you take the word "problem" and replace it with a phrase "something I need a written plan for".
Rather than saying, "This change causes us numerous problems!" Say "This change requires that we write three new plans".
4. Realise that NOTHING changes
Have you heard the French epigram? "
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"
It translates as: the more things change, the more they stay the same. On the surface nothing stays the same: everything is swirling and in constant flux. But the underlying forces of human nature and science are UNchanging and eternal.
- People remain interested in their own self interest,
- Governments spend more than they should and make up the difference by printing money, thus devaluing money (so prices of goods keep going up) This is normal behaviour!
- Climate change is eternal- (There is no such thing as "Climate NO- change")
- Gravity is eternal:
So in times of change, look less at the fluctuations of the markets and fashions and look deeper, for the unchanging principles of human nature and science.
Example of how change is unchanging
After all the years of reading the newspapers and watching the news on TV, has it occurred to you that the headlines seem always to be about THE SAME:
- The economy is in turmoil:
- there is political unrest:
- the markets are in a state of flux
- people across the globe are in deep trouble!
Nothing changes: The struggle continues:
No change in "The struggle for life"
Evolutionary theory says that there is an ongoing "struggle for life".
Friedrich Nietzsche said it like this: That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
Your current changes will make you struggle:
But they will also cause you to
- Be more adaptive
- Learn more
- Grow stronger
Make change work for you by maintaining a positive, pragmatic outlook.
Review your goals in the light of the latest changes.
Keep building and refreshing your ongoing "Plans of action".
For more information about change management training visit the Corporate Coach Group website