how can you thrive in the face of ongoing change?

This article was first published in 2019 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 2 no 2

How well do you cope with change in your organisation? Things change and often in ways we could not have anticipated.  A useful analogy that can help us to think about change within an organisation is  music technology. There have been many changes in the ways we buy, own and listen to music. Similarly, people in organisations will have experienced many change initiatives, some short-lived (like the mini disc) and others highly successful (like the iPod). Do we need to accept and anticipate that things will change again?

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Are you able to let go or do you need to hold on? In general, when change comes, we are happy that we understand the current ways of doing things and feel uncertain about how things will work in the future. This is the most difficult part of change: - letting go of what we already have so that we can take advantage of new opportunities.  We especially worry about the cost of change e.g. it’s expensive buying music again in a new format. However, in a similar way, should we expect to have to reinvest our energy and talents again and again into the new changes that are introduced by our organisations?

New employees have a different perspective as they don’t know about the history of the organisation.  They are unaware of the way things used to be (just like they might be utterly bemused by a cassette tape and are happily embracing online streaming). However, even the latest initiatives will have their own life span. 

Are you ready for what’s coming next?

In summary, here are 5 simples suggestions for coping with change:

1 - Accept that things will change; they have in the past and they will in the future

2 - Try to identify the new opportunities that each change brings

3 - Be prepared to reinvest your energy and talents into supporting new initiatives

4 - Keep alert to signals that show that things are about to change again

5 - Repeat steps 1 to 4! ◼️