Bronwyn Clee is a change agent!
Change is happening on a daily basis in every facet of our lives. For a minority change is consciously welcomed and embraced. For the majority however, change can prompt a range of emotional responses including fear, anxiety, frustration, and even anger. Often resulting in mis-directed emotions, lost opportunities and an overwhelming sense of not being understood, most people will continue through life not knowing how to welcome and embrace, let alone make the most of change.
A simple solution to managing change is to give yourself permission to think differently about change. This small step will have a positive impact on the way you think, feel and behave. Try it out the next time your fear of change wants to rob you of precious effort and energy. By simply shifting your perspective 1% your attitude towards “change” changes!
“Constant change is here to stay”
When I worked for national not-for-profit The Smith Family, I learned as a regional manager that I was far better off to recruit for the right attitude over the best skill set. Why? Because a person with the right attitude is generally prepared to learn whatever skill sets are required, and therefore is much better equipped to manage change.
Everything we do in life, is all about relationships – either with self or others, at work, at home, out shopping, at yoga, at the gym – relationships are what make our lives worthwhile. Inspiring and motivating people is another way to help people manage change. But it’s not enough. We need to remember that the planet is made up of human stories – not stand alone atoms. When we genuinely acknowledge that every single person on this planet has a life story that has influenced their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we shift our attitude again. And by doing so, we think, feel and behave differently.
This is not to say we have to drop reasonable expectations and ignore poor performance because of someone’s life story. In fact, it’s the opposite. Holding people accountable, within the context of shared agreements is easy. The formula is to apply pressure balanced with support, and if you’re confident, it can be as simple as asking “what was that about?” when expectations/agreements haven’t been upheld.
In the busy world most of us live in, it’s easy to understand why so many people feel overwhelmed, frustrated, disappointed and unhappy with life’s demands. Unconsciously acting out unresolved issues from life’s stories creates unconscious triggers, generally resulting in resistance to change. That’s what we want to be able to positively interrupt and influence some change. As a change management consultant, my role is to help identify what the triggers are, work out solutions and setting achievable goals, to create change.
Imagine the change that could be created, if every person on the planet learned how to interpret their own triggers, and to maximise 1% of their daily 86,400 seconds per day!
Please email me your enquiries on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.