Dealing Productively with Change


Change is not easy!

Many people welcome it, others refuse to follow it, and for some, acceptance depends on the circumstances.

To get through the various stages of change, you must be O-R-G-A-N-I-Z-E-D T-O T-H-E M-A-X.

O-Observe your World
• Communicate, listen and understand on a deeper level than usual.
• Broker information. Interpret and translate the needs between groups and across boundaries.
• Influence different sides
• Be in touch with change and create your own security.

R-espect Yourself
• Always look on the positive side
• Do not question your abilities
• Recognize and reward your strengths and accomplishments
• See yourself doing what you want

G-enerate Alternatives
• Take risks
• Do something frightening
• Order new food
• Take a different route to work
• Grow
• Don’t take defeat personally
• Make a difficult decision
• Learn from adversity

A-llow Yourself To Move Through the Stages
• Move through the stages sequentially
• Savor and learn during each stage
• Follow through on the necessary processes
• Find an object or color to use as a reminder of your future vision
• Display it prominently

• With your team
• With friends, community, professionals
• Grow, trim, alter, change your network
• Get relevant information

I-magine the Future
• Don’t hold on to an old set of expectations
• Don’t feel upset about saying goodbye to the familiar
• Learn new ways to practice
• Distinguish between current losses and old wounds
• Generate a list of possibilities, some trivial, some ridiculous, for old problems

Z-ealously Share
• Seek support from family, friends and co-workers
• Regain perspective by allowing them to see your alternatives
• Realize that work is not your whole world
• Have others reaffirm your “specialness”
• Know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness
• Brainstorm, talk, share
• Volunteer for something new

E-nvision the Future Positively
• Don’t assume that change will be negative
• Assess strengths, skills, resources
• Integrate personal and professional qualities
• Know where you need to learn and grow
• Be aware of opportunities
• Release your energy by reframing
• Explore new possibilities

D-ecide What is Really Over
• What are you likely to lose in the transition
• Don’t agonize
• Don’t apologize
• Expect stress and manage it

T-ake Control
• Look at your priorities
• Take responsibility
• Look at ways of empowering and changing
• Let go of dreams and expectations that don’t fit
• Write down inventory
• Master things you can control

O-utside the Box
• Be creative
• Experiment
• Spend lunch hour in a new way
• Choose new and expansive beliefs
• Reframe perceptions
• Move your desk
• Buy a new hat

T-ake Time Out
• From decisions or responsibilities at home
• Make temporary arrangements to get through this time
• Take breaks

H-ang on to your Health
• Eat properly
• Exercise
• Take care of your health
• Eliminate complicated, futile and unrewarding relationships
• Balance work and personal life

E-ase Yourself Through the Change
• Don’t take the changes personally
• Don’t jump to conclusions
• Get the facts
• Don’t jump from the first stage to the last stage without
savoring the middle

M-anage the Process
• Keep track of your issues
• Stay on top of possibilities
• Plan your needs

A-ccept the Inevitable
• That you must be part of change
• That if you feel you cannot be true to your own values, you must consider your options
• Leaving is not easy, but it is often a viable choice
• Don’t fight ‘em, join ‘em

X-amine all the Players
• Know where everyone else is coming from
• Decide what role you want to play
• Understand what change means to both you and your organization
• Span boundaries at work

The world is constantly changing so there is no avoiding it.

How do you deal with change????

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