The 10 Realities of Change

I've seen several articles that begin with lines like "the only constant today is change." I assert that change that is constant can't really be called change. It's simply a new reality. It's time that we accept that things simply don't stay the same and speed to change is the new reality of business. Like any other new reality it requires new responses.

There is not more change than there was in the past the change just comes more quickly. Compared to the "good old days" the impact of change today is like stepping into a tub of hot water - once you figure out that you're in it, it's difficult to react gracefully. Jumping out is the natural response and there you stand bare and exposed.

Several months ago I was working with a group of clients and one gentleman began expressing his frustration with the impending changes in his organization. He said with a straight face (though I had trouble keeping one), "I can't believe what they are doing around here. They've been talking about this stuff for 10 years and now BAM out of no where they want to change things."

The impact of change can have severe consequences when people are not prepared. I find that people don't struggle as much with change itself but become frustrated with continued attempts at addressing the future with the outdated responses.

There are 10 things that you should know about change.

  • Change will come.

  • Change is necessary.

  • Change is predictable.

  • The sooner change is predicted the slower change appears.

  • Change always provides opportunities.

  • Change doesn't define goals, it expands options.

  • Those who are ready will survive.

  • Those who anticipate will thrive.

  • Those who resist will lag behind.

  • What is now old will be new again.

    Change is inevitable. There is not one among us who is immune. It is non-discriminating and can be relentless. We don't chose how much or how often we are subjected to the shifts; however we DO chose how we are going to respond. Being prepared means keeping pace.

    A focus on clearly identified goals provides a sense of continuity so that it doesn't feel like starting over every time you are confronted with some "sudden" change in direction.

    About The Author

    Feel free to copy this article when you include the copyright and contact information listed below.

    Valarie Washington, President of Think 6 is a knowledge broker helping companies improve organizational effectiveness, team performance, and individual productivity. Author of "Performance Case Analysis", she delivers high impact training to corporations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

    Visit us at http://www.Think6Results.com or contact Valarie at washington@think6results.com or by calling 630-705-1189.

    In The News:


  • pen paper and inkwell


    cat break through


    Change Management

    "It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the... Read More

    Micromanagement and Delegation

    Micro-Management and Delegation ... Read More

    Tales from the Corporate Frontlines: The Role of Character in Leadership

    This article relates to the Senior /Top Level Management competency,... Read More

    Innovation Management ? the Root of the Problem

    Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation... Read More

    Innovation Management ? Emotion, Habit, and Culture can be Hard to Change!

    Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation... Read More

    Communicating with Offsite Workers

    How do you, or would you, communicate with employees who... Read More

    Juggling Demands in an Organization

    JUGGLING DEMANDS: All leaders constantly juggle a multifarious array of... Read More

    What One Thing?

    A few weeks ago I asked my readers what the... Read More

    How to Make the Best of it - Take Your Weather with You

    I once worked in a place where there were three... Read More

    Sarbanes-Oxley and Section 404: Old Dog, New Teeth

    The failures we have seen in the quality and integrity... Read More

    CEOs And Boards Are Locked In A Spiral Of Doom

    American CEOs are dropping like flies. Boards, armed with new... Read More

    Choices in Appointing International Managers

    Globalization is requiring companies to make important choices about how... Read More

    Rethinking the CEO-Chairman Split

    Traditionally, in American businesses, the same person occupies the role... Read More

    Partnering for Performance

    "The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss... Read More

    Hows Your HUB?

    Marketing gurus are always coming up with new lingo but... Read More

    Leadership Skills

    Recent studies have shown that industrial supervisors are working at... Read More

    Innovation Management ? idea selection, development and commercialisation, what are the differences?

    Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation... Read More

    Budgets!

    Budgets! There I've said it. For some the most hated... Read More

    10 Steps Towards A Stress-Free Introduction Into Management

    Becoming a manager for the first time can be an... Read More

    Temporary Employees and Operational Problems; Your Use of Temps Might Reveal Warning Signs

    A recent Washington Post article, described the life of temporary... Read More

    Examining the Relationship Between Employee Satisfaction and Customer Satisfaction

    Researchers have undertaken numerous studies to look at the connection... Read More

    Manage Your Time - Save Your Business.

    If you work from home, chances are you already know... Read More

    Allowing Employees Responsibility

    Merely assigning a task with detailed instructions is not effective... Read More

    Delegation: When to Delegate, Who to Delegate to

    There are some very simple guides for delegation.Most people delegate... Read More

    Top 7 Methods to Empower Employees

    How many times have you asked someone to do something... Read More

    Results of Poor Cross Cultural Awareness

    Results of Poor Cross Cultural Awareness. Having a poor understanding... Read More

    Employee Turnover: Seven Reasons Why People Quit Their Jobs

    There are many reasons why good employees quit and go... Read More

    Innovation Management: The Time Factor

    Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation... Read More

    Creativity and Innovation Management ? Personality Testing

    Whilst tests measuring the creative or innovative personality exist, there... Read More

    New UK Laws on Staff Dispute Resolution and Disciplinary Procedures

    October 2004 saw the introduction of the Employment Act 2002,... Read More

    30 Ways to be a Butt-Head Boss

    1. Trust no one. Not your superiors and not your... Read More

    I Am Not A Number - Why Too Many Change Projects Fail

    Many of you will recognise this quote from the 1960s... Read More

    14 Ways to De-Stress Employee Vacations

    Employees truly deserve paid vacations. Theystruggle through stressful jobs most... Read More