Here are a few thoughts to consider when you find yourself uncertain about change:
1. Truly understand the details … ask lots of questions.
2. Try to get in the mind of the people implementing the change to understand what value they see in this change.
3. Take time to map out Pros and Cons (there can be a tendency to focus on the negative).
4. When asking questions be VERY careful to ask your questions with an open mind … if you already have a bias in your mind it will come out in how you ask the questions.
5. You do NOT want to be seen as opposing change … rather you should be viewed as open to change; willing to give things a REAL try; and willing to do what it takes to make the new situation work.
6. You should know that someone has put effort into the scenario … and that should not be discounted.
7. You should know that in most situations honest feedback, based on FACTS and real hands-on experience, will be welcome.
8. This same advice applies to individuals, associations, unions, companies … anyone facing a changed situation!
9. In a nutshell … expect the change to be a positive thing, and support it as such.
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw
Not ALL change works out … but if your organization does not change it WILL be left behind.
View the scenario as an opportunity to make things better and if you are a part of making the new situation a success you will benefit. Even if it doesn’t work out, but you are seen as someone who really worked at its success it will go well for you.
“You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver
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