3 Ways To Become A Master of Change At The Office

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Fear of change is normal, however irrational. Change is what propels new discoveries. In fact change is what keeps us employed. We love in a world of tremendous uncertainty and ambiguity. Everything is unpredictable. Has a leader you can’t expect to handle such upheavals in the same way you would in orderly and stable times i.e. status quo. Which explains my displeasure with much of today’s training. They view change as a temporary blip in anticipation of things returning to normal. These are chaotic times which represent the new normal. There has never been a period when the world got back to normal. Orderly perhaps but not normal. In an IBM CEO survey two years ago CEO’s listed uncertainty and complexity as their primary concerns.

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Many of us desperately crave change at work–and yet we’re uncomfortable and terrified when it occurs. But change is inevitable (and necessary for businesses to survive and thrive), so you’ll need to learn how to overcome those fears.

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Below are three steps towards workplace change:

  1. Acknowledge the change.

    The first. most important thing to do in the presence of unsettling changes is to acknowledge it, Recognizing and accepting change will be the first steps toward managing it.

  2. Acknowledge your fears.

    “When you fear change, write down your fears on paper so you have them in an objective form and can stop dwelling on them. Then go through each one and jot down what you would do in the event that fear came to pass. Knowing you have a backup plan can defuse the emotional angst.

  3. Communicate.

    Communication, communication, communication, followed up by more communication.  Communication can’t be an afterthought, or passed off onto someone else or to a specific department. Periods of great change require an intentional, concerted effort by all leaders [and employees] to focus on great communication.

Adapted from http://www.forbes.com

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