No doubt you are here because you are either leading change or being asked to implement change or have been bearing the brunt of it. There is no organization in my client list right now that is not experimenting with change at some level. The pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption in the global economy, leading to budget cuts, reassignment of portfolios, and the threat of layoffs. While some are doing a strategy change or revisiting their business models & structure, still others are looking at overhauling their culture to keep up with the demands of our times. No matter what the plan, it leads to stress, overwhelm and a risk for burnout for everyone involved at all levels.
I’m here to provide you with some actionable tips and strategies to upgrade the way you navigate this change that is here to stay.
When faced with stress (and might I say opportunity of) change management programs, here are some frames that you might find useful:
“Asking questions and raising issues at the right time with the right person becomes key.”
Though change can be stressful, try to see this as an opportunity to reassess your career goals. and take proactive steps toward professional development. For example, if there are areas where you want to improve your skills or knowledge, seek out training opportunities. Commit to being a lifelong learner. Embrace the change and find opportunities for growth!
Learn how to be resourceful and creative in finding solutions to problems. This could involve thinking outside the box, looking for unconventional solutions, or collaborating with others. When role or portfolio changes happen it can be both un-nerving and frustrating but keeping a growth mindset and keeping your own north star or purpose in view can provide you with the fuel needed to keep going till things settle down.
I advice my coaching clients to quickly create a learning and action map around what they need to ‘forget’, what they need to ‘learn’ and what they need to ‘bring along’ from the previous version of their role/portfolio. An intentional approach to your learning also helps you cope with the landscape better and shines a light on the gaps in your own skillset/competencies.
Let’s face it, demands on your mental, emotional and coping capabilities are high during any change. And it is also true that you are likely to pay least attention to refueling yourself while you are navigating the changes. But it does not have to be a long and complicated affair to replenish yourself. Simple acts such as going for a walk, a soothing screensaver, an inspiring quote, or listening to the sounds of animals, or the breeze in a meditation app can quickly reset our nervous systems. Eat delicious food and think of the people who grew it or made it. Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Set aside time for relaxation and hobbies that bring you joy. Seek support. Reach out to colleagues, friends, or family members for emotional support. You can also seek out professional counseling or coaching if needed. Here are three types of rest you need beyond physical rest to be able to have the mental and emotional resources to carry on. Particularly if you have had to be the leader/face of the change. Do not under estimate the demands of this role.
Yes, all of this change, particularly during the impending warning of a recession, can be stressful and challenging. However, by taking a proactive approach, you take back your power. As VIctor Franknel said – the ultimate freedom available to a human being is the ability to choose your response to a situation. Feel free to share this with your teams, your colleagues, and friends who may be going through changes in their company. Thank you so much for reading.
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