Change is any planned or unplanned shift in the way things are now. Last week we heard a fabulous quote from Admiral Thad Allen as he presented at the inaugural Association of Change Management Professionals conference. He said. “change is like the weather, it happens.”
So if change just happens then what should your response be?
- Shrink – recoiling or withdrawing from change is a reaction. This puts you in an adversarial position with the change.
- Denial – pretending the change did not happen may make you feel better, until reality hits. Denying change does not make it go away, it’s simply a delay of responding to the change.
- Rethink – change your perspective; change creates opportunity. Look at the change from a new perspective and determine the best next course of action to leverage the opportunity.
Whether you pull back, deny a change happened or rethink the change you have a choice in how you react. The power you have is in your decision. When you are confronted with change, choose your response intentionally. Don’t shrink – rethink!