What Is Change?

Change is not what it may seem and I don’t even want to touch the famous resistance to change that has been part of the struggle since the beginning of mankind.

Resistance to change is actually manifested backwards, as you get attached to something you are accustomed to and you simply don’t want to let go. It’s not the change you won’t accept but the need to leave something behind. It’s hard to let go of the rotary dial phone and replace it with a cordless or a smartphone, but no one will go back in time for the old versions.

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Resistance to change and the comfort zone are the first obstacle we encounter on our way to “change”.

Change is the actual phenomenon happening in the physical or psychic plan at a certain time. For example moving to a new place comes along with a lot of scenarios before it happens, and then with adapting to the new reality. The change is what you feel when you see yourself in the new location.

It may not help that before the move you used to visit the corner shop owned by a nice lady who always had fresh groceries. You need to find a new similar corner shop (small or big), ‘cause you have to accept there is no other option. The same happens with a new system or a new procedure at the office when implementation prevents you from working like “before”.

Generally, change has a lot of good aspects rather than bad, well, that’s the reason why you make the change. Yes, this is not always the case, you can honestly admit when you look in the mirror.

If you are a manager and things don’t happen the way you intended, doesn’t mean you have a stubborn team, unwilling to adapt, but maybe that you should try to help them adjust easier to the change.

What you should expect from a change, no matter on which side are you:

  • Change is inevitable, either when talking about personal or professional life;
  • Don’t set very high expectations. Keep your feet on the ground and don’t chase free rides;
  • Many times, the need to change resides in the wish to do better. You want to move to a better house, not a worse one. Unless you bet your house at a poker game;
  • Preferably you are the change agent before the change finds you unprepared;
  • Pull the brakes and analyze the impact of change on you. After everything is cleared up, “restart the engine”;
  • Communicate the changes before they happen, the logic behind the changes and the consequences;
  • Get ready to make baby steps. If you want to ride a bicycle, you don’t try the one wheel tricks first. The small implementation phases have real chances of success;
  • Accept the fact that you need to go on a road that’s not smooth, and you don’t get either GPS or Waze for shortcuts;
  • Don’t complain, ‘cause it won’t help, no matter how bad the impact is on you. Grow up & move on;
  • Have a serious chat with your ego. Your biggest enemy is yourself;
  • Communication has to be detailed with every member of your team, who has to do the same with each of his / her subordinates;
  • If you are wrong, admit it and ask for help;
  • Everyone has moments of hesitation or plain fear. Even the biggest macho who won’t admit it;
  • Prepare to meet “the Snooper”;
  • When you can’t take it anymore, take a break;
  • A detailed description is very important, along with highlighting the benefits for each participant. If a person doesn’t know “what’s in it” for him/her, they won’t actively participate in the change;
  • Some processes will change, others will commence, make sure you won’t get restrained in “no man’s land”;
  • Write down the changes and be patient, nothing happens overnight;
  • Accept and provide unconditional support;
  • Check communication against changes. A one-way communication doesn’t mean change actually occurred.

If you think the change about to happen is going to hit you hard, it might help to remember all the past changes and their impact on you.

Every change will eventually help, even if we’re talking about a kick to the rear.

Good luck changing!