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We are all facing an enormous change both at work and in our private lives at the moment. Each day we are waking up to new changes before we have been able to absorb or accept the change that occurred the previous day.
Each one of us copes with change in our own way, some people love change and become bored if they do not have ever-changing situations while others like routine and predictability. There is no wrong or right just different.
It is reassuring to know that we as humans go through a series of emotions when we hear of a change.
A quick way to remember this is by the girl’s name SARAH.
We need to arrive at Acceptance even if it is not possible to arrive at Happiness
The change curve follows the same curve as the Bereavement curve described by Anne Kubler Ross.
The speed through which we travel through these emotions will depend on a few factors:
As individuals, it is reassuring to know that when we are faced with change that we are going through a natural reaction and a process. We need to give ourselves time to go through each stage and to try and avoid becoming stuck in the Resistance phase where we may want to bury our head in the sand.
As leaders it is also important to know about this sequence of human behaviour as it explains why individuals start behaving out of character, some people becoming more emotional and less logical. It explains why people behave in different ways depending on where they are on the change curve.
Here are some tips on how to manage Change.
It is important to remember that change can cause us and people around us to act out of character and become more emotional than normal and that this a natural process.
We hope this helps when dealing with your own response to change or dealing with other people’s reactions. If you want to learn more about Managing Change, we run a Change Management Training Course where you can pick up a lot more tips like the one's above.