Monday, February 16, 2009

Thought of the Week - 2/16/09

“Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” -- Bertold Brecht

One of the most challenging issues in organizations and business today is change. Some people love it and others hate it. But one thing is for sure, change takes time. We either make change happen so quickly that people don’t have time to get on board and make it happen effectively or we’re not given enough time to do what it takes to see change occur when it needs to.

Whenever change occurs, transition goes with it. In order to be effective, we need to involve the people affected by the change in the change process. We need to allow a process to occur which deals with people’s emotions.

The last time you experience a planned change, what intentional efforts were made to allow people to experience their losses and deal with their emotions?

What did you do to purposefully involve those who were not on board?

What did you do to engage them and support them through their feelings?

If you take the time to support those most affected by the change, you may find that some of your greatest advocates of the change you desire will be those who struggled the most with the change in the beginning.

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