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Leadership Tips: Prepare for Change

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A survey from Deloitte on change reports that 68% of participants agree that “change is continuous and embraces all areas of life and activities.”

If you fall into the other 32% of people who either partially agree or don’t agree, we have news for you—you can’t escape change, and it’s an unavoidable part of life. You can’t change change. It's also a big part of what you may want for yourself, including growth and progress.

In the workplace, much is changing, particularly around diversity and how we approach our careers. Millennials have replaced baby boomers as the most prevalent generation in the workforce, and women are earning higher salaries and holding positions in leadership now more than ever before. Technology will continue to evolve and play a larger role in our daily lives, and collaboration is becoming a bigger part of decision-making processes. Read some interesting predictions on the future of work from Fast Company here.

This week’s tip of the week is to not only embrace past and present change, but also prepare yourself for the inevitable changes that lie ahead this year.

Think back to any point in time, whether it’s as recent as yesterday or as far back as childhood. Think about the different areas of your life that have changed since—family, work, relationships, and even who you consider yourself to be. Some of these changes we could predict, and some of them occurred without warning. So, what happens when we resist these changes? We are resisting the inevitability of change itself. Both emotionally and logically, this resistance doesn’t serve us.

Regardless, change can be scary. It shakes the foundation of what we’ve known and presents us with something new, requiring us to adapt in ways that might be uncomfortable. Here are a couple of tips that can help you adjust your mindset and prepare for future transitions:

1. Consider the why behind the change. Change often occurs as a response to something that wasn’t working. Try looking at change as simply an improvement, either to your own life or someone else’s.

2. Have a conversation. Don’t hold in your thoughts or concerns. Having a conversation is an important part of managing change, especially when big shifts are expected that could directly affect you, your team, or your relationships.

What are your thoughts on change? How do you manage it successfully?


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