Change Management Cartoon
Can change ever really be managed or controlled? After all, change just inevitably happens doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s very slow and almost unnoticeable, and sometimes it happens at breakneck speed and we are suddenly caught up in the whirlwind. It may therefore be more accurate to say then that we can try to better plan for change, small and large-scale, or to manage ourselves to be more prepared for change when it does come along. To do this (even though we can never be fully prepared for all eventualities of course), we need to be much more aware of what could happen as we engage with life, at home or at work (as opposed to developing a “let’s do as little as possible” approach in the hope that we may be able to “dodge” any changes when they come along).
Such awareness may take many forms, such as reading more widely and eclectically, talking with friends and colleagues on broader topics than you may be used to talking about, listening to information from various sources (perhaps with a new source being added each month), researching on the internet widely to educate yourself and any other activities that can alert you to what others have experienced and might apply to your own situation in the short or the longer term. The simple idea here is not that you will necessarily be ready for a particular change but that you will increase your overall levels of mental alertness and adaptability when you get caught up in future change.