Some people seem to be able to move across the country into a new job with a new employer, and to do so with relative ease. For others, moving the coffee pot in the break room leads to weeks of consternation, frustration, and lost productivity. Most people fall somewhere in between. And, even those who move through most changes with apparent ease do find change difficult at times. So why are some changes so difficult?
I would like to focus on two pieces to the answer: our skills and our minds. While I am approaching them as separate, needless to say, they are highly inter-related. (There is an important third element to address: resilience. An expert on resilience will be doing a guest post on that topic; for now let me just say that in general, the greater your personal resilience, the easier it is to navigate change.)
The Mind and Change
The first thing to remember is that change is personal. It doesn’t matter who starts it. It doesn’t matter whether it is a “personal,” organizational, or social change. If it touches you, it is personal. If it touches me, it is personal. Change succeeds, or fails, through people. [Read more…]