How to Embrace Change

how to embrace change

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When we were children, we behaved like children, somewhere in our teens, we realised that it was time to grow up and behave like adults. When we became adults, we behaved like single people do, having a great time – living life on the wild side.

As we grew older, got married and had children, we changed our ways of behaving to correspond to our new lives. It stands to reason then, that change is the only constant in life, and just like we go through plenty of change personally, we also experience change at work and on the job.

I like to use this example in my training sessions, and I often ask people, why they think dinosaurs became extinct? I know a lot of people will say cause of the environment etc, but the truth is that they became extinct because they refused to change and adapt to the changing environment.

So unless you too want to become a dinosaur, you need to recognise that change is normal and that it will happen and you have to be prepared to deal with change when it comes.

In this podcast we will cover six vital ways to help you embrace change at work:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Recognise the stages of change
  • Communicate
  • Be flexible
  • Be positive
  • See the big picture

1. Be aware of your surroundings

When change happens, there will be some indicators in your environment that tell you that change is about to happen. Subtle clues like being excluded from a meeting, or having a bunch of outsiders become frequent visitors to your workspace can all be a sign that something is going on. When you are aware of your surroundings, you are not caught unawares and have the time to prepare for the change regardless of whether it is positive or negative and if it affects you directly or indirectly

2. Recognize the stages of change

There are various stages that a person goes through when faced with change. It is important that you understand these stages and also understand that you may be going through them. Be gentle with yourself, and tell yourself that this is a normal human reaction to change that is sudden or unexpected.

Some of the stages include shock and denial or refusing to believe what has transpired. Guilty as not having done more or said something when the opportunity presented itself, anger at your boss, the organisation or the economy. Lastly, one reaches acceptance or the stage when we acknowledge what has happened and strive to move past it. Negotiation may also occur when we try to forestall or prevent the change from happening.

3. Communicate

Communication is especially important when we are going through change. It is important to communicate in order to get the details about the change, to talk to your boss, his boss, other co-workers and anyone else who can give you details about what is happening and how it might affect you. Try to talk to others, who have gone through a similar change, it may allay your fears a little. You can communicate with people outside the company as well, who may serve as useful contacts if you need to change jobs as a result of the change.

4. Be flexible

One of the biggest indicators of being able to deal with change is how flexible you are. The better you can adapt to a situation, the better your chances of dealing with a change. Take a look at the requirements of the new situation, what skills can you use from your previous role; what do you need to learn?  Rather than focusing on what you lack, focus on the skills that you can leverage and adapt them to the new environment.

5. Be positive

Be positive about the change. Often people have gone through the most awful situations both professionally and personally, only to come out and say it was the best thing that could have ever happened to them.

Look for opportunities and look at the plus side of things rather than focussing on the negatives. As a result of the recession in the US, thousands of people have become soloprenurs and have started successful businesses doing what they love. Some have sold of their homes and taken trips around the world, because they always wanted to but never had a reason to before. They all chose to be positive about the change affecting them.