EMBRACING CHANGE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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Another critical aspect to become more comfortable with in order to succeed in managing your business—and in all areas of your life—is change.

Much has been written about dealing with change and ways to embrace it so that it boosts your business rather than bringing it down. The main thing to remember is that change is inevitable. Whether it is in your personal life or your career, nothing will remain stagnant,and, if something did, it would likely become boring or monotonous. Unfortunately, change often has a negative connotation. However, not all change is bad, and in fact what often seems like a difficult transition can often be not only managed, but turned into a positive. Those who excel in their careers are able to work best in a changing environment, rather than fearing it. Everyone handles change differently, and most struggle with it (or at least are cautious or hesitant around it). You have the ability to do just the opposite.

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The two main areas to think about when change occurs are:

  • How might it affect you?
  • How might it affect your team?

After that, it’s critical to break down the pieces of the change one by one. Since change can range from a major corporate downsizing to adjusting the way your team turns in reports, you need to recognize what the change is all about and what repercussions it can have.

Those who excel in their careers are able to work best in a changing environment, rather than fearing it

Some questions to ask are as follows:

How dramatic might this change be (layoffs or procedural change)?

How closely does it impact you and your team (directly related or just a marginal change)?

How likely will this change occur (definite or just a remote possibility)?

When is that change likely to occur (at once or in the medium or long run)?

Is the decision being made out of your hands, or is it something that you can have a say in?

Who is the change agent (you, someone else, a group of others)?

By looking at change in all of its parts, you can more easily begin to embrace it. While change can initially seem like it is either positive or negative, having no middle ground, it can be avoided (usually not the recommended approach), skewed in your favour, or at least mitigated so that the effects are not so drastic. Furthermore, while on the surface certain change seems entirely out of your hands, the way you react to it is entirely in your grasp.

Once you understand what the change is all about, try these simple tips to help

you cope with it.

  • Limit your stress about the change, especially before anything has actually happened. It only exacerbates a problem and clouds your thinking or judgment.
  • Once you know where the change is coming from, work with it, not against it.
  • Have confidence in yourself. You have earned this position. You have also effectively handled change many times before.
  • Be a creative thinker. Don’t get caught up in overanalysing the situation.
  • Ask questions. That’s really the only way to get to the answers and to be able to see where you fit into the equation.
  • As best you can, map out your own plan to deal with the change as well as a backup plan should it not occur.

In summary, since you already know that change is inevitable, work in coordination with it, rather than resisting it. This conscious level of thought about change and ways to handle it is what will set your business apart from others.

 

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