I’ve been hearing lots of conversation about change. Whether it’s organizations that need to change OR departments that want to be more agile so they can respond to change OR individuals who want to create a change in their lives. Change is hard. Even when we want it. Typically, change involves developing new habits and routines.
If change wasn’t hard enough, the speed in which we must adjust to change can be even more difficult.
So, I wanted to put together a list of articles and resources that you could bookmark (hence the title, bookmark this) and refer to it when you’re looking for information about change.
To me, being able to manage change is one of the key components in self-management. It’s a little different from change management, which I consider to be an organizational process. But it is change and we must learn how to deal with it.
Speaking of organizational processes, a few years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. John Kotter on creating organizational change. Lots of good reminders here whenever we’re faced with implementing change in the workplace.
I ran across an email from this Spring that I wanted to share. At this year’s TAtech Congress, I heard Britt Andreatta speak about brain science. Great speaker! After the event, she sent us a link to her online training courses on Lynda.com (a LinkedIn company) including Organizational Learning & Development and Leading Change. Oh, and if you don’t have a Lynda.com account, Britt shared this link for you to access a 30-day free trial here: https://www.lynda.com/trial/Britt_Andreatta.
I like having processes or steps to help me walk-through a change. VUCA is an acronym that can help. It stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. It was introduced by the U.S.Army in the 1990s but businesses are starting to adopt it.
If you find that speed and change are creating stress, I like the techniques that Srikumar Rao shared about reducing individual stress levels at work.
In addition, I found these strategies for handling burnout to be helpful. We all manage stress and burnout differently.
Change management on a personal and professional level can be stressful. Managing change within your organization can be difficult. The good news is there are tools to help us, whether it’s an article, online class, or finding a coach to discuss what’s happening. The important part is find the way that works for you.
Image captured by Sharlyn Lauby after speaking at the 2016 MBTI Users Conference in San Francisco, CA3