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1 Thriving in Change Seeing Change as a Positive

2 Change Normal responses to change within a group – Discomfort, confusion and pain – Increased conflict within the system – Processes & systems become dysfunctional – Expectations are often violated – Trust declines – Individual responses vary from withdrawal to emotional outbursts – Energy reserves are depleted

3 Change Change brings with it a sense of loss of – Loss of the familiar – Loss of sense of security – Loss of control – Loss of optimism

4 Change is good…transition is hard!

5 Accepting a New Reality Reframing Your Work Capitalizing on New Opportunities Keys to Seeing Change Positively

6 Learn from past experiences Analyze yourself Gain Perspective Accepting a New Reality

7 Gain Perspective “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end - which you can never afford to lose - with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.” -Admiral Jim Stockdale* *Good to Great by Jim Collins

8 Make the most out of change – Admit reality that change is part of life – Realize change happens whether you resist or embrace it – Talking with emotions in check…healthy sign! Gain Perspective

9 Express your feelings – Talk to someone, but not just anyone! – Journal – Expressing your feelings helps you come to terms The reality of change The depth and range of your emotional responses Allows you to voice your fears in a safe context, so you can explore, assess, and soothe them. Use ceremony Gain Perspective

10 Assess your situation and future prospects – Think about your situation in a constructive way Try to understand it better Assess possible outcomes and consequences Focus on what you can gain and how you can grow from the change – Assessment helps you: Gain a sense of control and come to grips with what’s happening Make the most of new opportunities Gain Perspective

11 Questions to ask yourself: – Why am I resisting change? – What is it in particular that triggers this reaction? – Who, if anyone, am I reacting to? – How am I acting out my feelings? – What is the issue exactly? – What constructive actions can I take about it? – What feelings can I set aside? Analyze Yourself

12 Common emotional triggers that drive resistance to change – Feeling insecure – Feeling inadequate or under-skilled – Fearing failure – Feelings of mistrust – Worrying about personal problems – Feeling your position is threatened – Having doubts Analyze Yourself

13 As you learn your triggers you learn to manage your feelings constructively As you become self-aware you learn to master your emotional reactions and investigate their causes Change yourself and your work will seem different. -Norman Vincent Peale Analyze Yourself

14 Context restores balance – Reminds you that you’ve survived change before and will do so in the future You can draw on your past experiences to empower you to make transitions in the present What worked in the past? What didn’t? Learn From Past Experiences

15 Accepting a New Reality Reframing Your Work Capitalizing on New Opportunities

16 To reframe you: – Identify current beliefs and values – Notice the underlying attitude – Adopt a new mindset – For example: How could you reframe your attitude about a meeting that you believe is a waste of time? All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein Reframing

17 Practical Benefits Emotional Benefits Reframing

18 Accepting a New Reality Reframing Your Work Capitalizing on New Opportunities

19 Capitalizing on Change Set Your Own Course Reinvent Yourself Realign Career Goals Create Career Plans

20 Regain a sense of control – Be proactive in defining your role in the change process – Contribute ideas, questions, and possibilities Gain the passion back – Explore activities that bring you stimulation, inspiration, and pleasure – Use the new opportunities to steer your career toward these activities – Example: If talking to students makes your day, negotiate a way to have more interaction with them Set Your Own Course

21 Expand your ideas of who you are Redefine what you are capable of Use skills in new context Disengage from old identity – Ask yourself: – What should I disengage from? – What should I keep? – What possibilities inspire me? – What capabilities will help and how can I develop them? – How do I integrate old and new? Reinvent Yourself Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kenney

22 Expand your ideas of who you are Redefine what you are capable of Use new skills in context Disengage from old identity Reinvent yourself Reinvent Yourself

23 Have a vision Clear goals, objectives, and strategies Consider your – Strengths – Values – Priorities Ask yourself – Do my personal needs and career goals align with the new reality? – Has the change opened up new positions? Realign Career Goals

24 Keep it flexible Review and redraft, as needed Elements – Ideal work description – Long and short-term goal statements – Personal needs and circumstances – Action plan Once you realign your career goals to your new reality you can better target opportunities Create Career Plan Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kenney

25 If you have to swallow a frog, don’t stare at it too long. -Mark Twain

26 Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard Good to Great (Stockdale Syndrome) – Jim Collins Recommended Reading


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