The world is changing and we must change with it. Over the past few years USR has been teaching the principles and practices of positive and quick adaptation to change. We have read for example as an organization, “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson, and “Our Iceberg is Melting” by John Kotter-both excellent and relevant reads on the topic. The change sequence someone typically goes through is:
- Denial (this isn’t happening to me!)
- Anger (why is this happening to me?)
- Bargaining (I promise I’ll be a better person if…)
- Depression (I don’t care anymore)
- Acceptance (I’m ready for whatever comes)
To meet the demands of our world, change simply needs to be accepted with gratitude and a positive disposition—-we don’t have time for all of the other stages in between (even though they may be required on a personal level, at some point in time).
It has been said that in today’s world, career success belongs to the committed. To those who work from the heart, who invest themselves passionately in their jobs, and who recommit quickly when change reshapes their work. Don’t waste your energy resisting change, and don’t kill precious time sitting on the fence. Either buy in, or be on your way.
Just this week I enjoyed a short pheasant hunt with some client friends. One of our family dogs is “Cali”, a sweet chocolate lab, who is a trained bird dog. Watching her put her nose up in the air, following the scent, change course instantly and then leap at the opportunity (bird) is a great example of the opportunities that come with a changing environment IF we are ready to adapt quickly.
Accept change rapidly and with passion, enjoy the journey, and find the opportunities.