Change Happens



Change happens. You may be on a high-high or on a low-low, in life and in work and in relationships. Whether you like it or not is beside the point, for ‘this too shall pass’ – all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary. So if you accept that the good or the bad will be different tomorrow and the day-to-day will vary, what can you do to embrace the change that happens? Below are some thoughts to help you start thinking, speaking and acting like you’re embracing those changes, be they good, or not so good.

  1. Accept that change is a part of life. Appreciate the highs, accept the lows as part of a cycle. And have the mindset and attitude to make the best of the good *and* the bad that’s dealt to you.
  2. Understand *why* a change is happening or about to happen may help you shape an upcoming change. But beware that you don’t start thinking that you can control an inevitable change, as control is an illusion.
  3. Be transparent in communication about changes you see coming, and why the change is coming, and help others to adjust to that change. This will help you build trust and culture and bring out the best in those who are impacted by the change.
  4. Support others in embracing necessary change, for the more you get trust, buy-in and engagement, the easier the change is for all and the better the tangible and measurable results.
  5. Assume positive intent and positive results from the leaders of the change, unless the data and your instincts show you otherwise.
  6. Know when you will not fit with an upcoming change and take measures to disengage. If a change doesn’t match your values or your goals, you may wind up just going through the motions, rather than doing something you feel passionate about, going in a direction you believe in.
  7. Know when you need more training and support in order to embrace an inevitable change in your job, in your company, in your industry, in life. Seek that training and support so that you can embrace that change.
  8. Know when change is necessary but not happening and do what you can to drive that change.
  9. Trust is paramount. Be worthy of others’ trust and work with those whom you can trust. Trust is hard-earned and difficult to regain and change and stress can make people do things that are out of character, so do try to be forgiving and understanding if there’s a breach in trust, while also watching your back.
  10. (You knew I was going to say this. You knew that it would be the most important point.) Relationships and networks matter most. It’s always about the people you connect with and how you work with each other in achieving common goals. Build a large network of contacts and a shared value system built on trust and results and together you will ride the waves of change.

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