• Echoes of Canyon Canyon

  • Managing Change

    There is a reason there are thousands of books on managing change; change is challenging isn’t it?! Change is usually comfortable for only one person, the person creating it!  For the rest of us, we have to find meaning, access coping skills, create a healthy perspective, tap into our flexibility and dig deep down for acceptance.  What happens if we don’t find a healthy way to cope with change? 

    1.     Manipulation – externally affecting others negatively.
    2.     Neurosis – internally affecting yourself negatively; impacts others as well.
    3.     Lack-luster – reduced productivity, affecting your organization negatively.

    Don’t drive your spouse, family, friends and/or colleagues crazy, try not to go there. Instead, how about some input on the subject?  “Who Moved my Cheese” a book by, Spencer Johnson is a terrific parable and quick read on change management.  It has sold over 24 million copies and it is
    no wonder!  If a parable doesn’t suite your reading  preferences, how about a straight talk about it, as you will find in the book “The Heart of Change” by John K. Potter.  There are so many resources, don’t ignore the opportunities to learn a better way to cope. 

    What it could boil down to is letting go and that brings us to the psychological processes of doing this:  we can move through change and do it as best we can.  Change is here to stay and though we long for the past, might it might cause troubles adjusting to the future.  This is otherwise known as
    grief. The pioneer of study on the deep effects of grief is Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and her books on the five stages of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance.  Ask yourself what might be motivating your choices and your reactions.  Where are you at in the course of letting go, of processing grief, and of causing others pain because of your place you might be stuck in? 

    Classes, groups and workshops on life transitions are also available.  Recognize in yourself, if you have had a lot of personal loss and then your job introduces more elements of change, you could be experiencing what the grief and loss experts call “complicated grief,”  when losses start accumulating without the proper interventions and processing.
    Our lives are constantly changing:  our own, our families, our jobs, the marketplace, our competition, the economy and it all requires a great deal of flexibility and adaptability.  If you
    have not found a healthy way to manage change yet, you could be causing yourself, your colleagues, and your family undue grief.  Take your own pulse on this issue and reach out to the many resources available to help you pave a healthy way into the future.  You can’t always choose the change, but you can choose how you react to it. 

    Annette Olson, M.A.
    Executive Director, Canyon Chamber of Commerce