Your Change Management Skills Keep You Going

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Change management tips…

Change management is a time skill worth mastering.

Why?

Well, maintaining your energy and focus during times of transition is often a challenge.

Changes and transitions are often layered. So, once the most pressing work of a transition is completed, whatever it may be, a period of change management often continues. You may have lots of feelings to deal with, for example. And processes will still require small tweaks as you adjust to the new normal. Along with that, there may continue to be unexpected issues that crop up.

Change management – getting started.

But let’s take a step back and look at the basics of change management. What do times of change ask of us?  What flavors and qualities come along with these times?

Times of transition are by definition unsettling. 

Whatever the nature of the change you are dealing with, one thing is true: The older and more familiar ways are no longer accessible or useful to you. 

You have to develop (and embrace) new ways of doing things. And it takes time for them to become familiar. Life feels different.

How do you respond to changes?

This unsettling quality can be very uncomfortable. And this is going to be especially true if you feel victimized by a change and/or you fight it. 

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.

Ann Gottlier

That simple statement is so true. It succinctly expresses one of the most fundamental truths I know about time, energy, and change management.

So, if we fight against our transitions, we are going to find them burdensome and constantly challenging. We’ll feel drained and discouraged.

On the other hand, if we embrace the change and open ourselves to the opportunities that it presents, we’ll find each moment looking entirely different. Cultivating curiosity, for example, opens you to possibility and helps maintain a positive, proactive attitude when it comes to change.

Your moments are the key…

Change management is about managing moments. And it’s not that each moment is concretely or objectively different – it’s that your eyes are seeing the possibilities rather than the losses. 

This is the fruit of choice.  Sometimes, especially when change is pretty new, this is a choice that needs to be made repeatedly. 

And in addition to choice, it is also very important to work with your feelings of loss so that you can authentically let go of what was and embrace what is.

So, what do you focus on when some facet of your life is in flux? 

How do you embrace change and see it as an opportunity? 

What gets in the way of your doing that?   

Here’s something to help you with that…

Do you ever feel like change is coming at you too fast, or like it just arrives, uninvited, out of the blue?

I’ve recently been working with a client who was blind-sided by a sudden change at work. The change brought up questions about her career trajectory, along with a collection of new work demands. As the stresses piled up, she felt increasingly disoriented and anxious.

In the course of our work together, I shared a time tool with her that I want to share it with you, too. It’s titled How to Partner with Change and Aging. And to discover more about it right now, you can click here.

Let’s explore time together…

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