Change it Up by Cindy Stradling CSP< CPC

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No matter how much you love your job, there are undoubtedly parts of it that you don’t particularly like. It’s inevitable that every job comes with some routines that you find to be boring or annoying. Yet, you know that the work cannot be accomplished without performing these mundane tasks.

None of us can avoid having the mundane tasks that go along with our jobs, and we can’t always delegate these to other people, either. So, to make the job a little better, find ways to change up your routines, so that these don’t seem so daunting.Change-it-Up-Version1-1080x675

There are several ways to change up your routines. Some are as simple as performing the tasks in a different location or at a different time. For example, how awful can it be to look over the accounting records for the month if you can do it from your back deck instead of your desk in the office? Maybe staying home one morning a month to perform this routine task in one of your favorite spots is enough to make it more palatable.

You may also look for new ways to perform these tasks that you don’t enjoy. Finding a new process for your routine tasks can make them easier to stomach. In addition, finding a new process may also help you to find ways to increase efficiency. The simple act of reevaluating a routine may be exactly what you need to discover a new, more efficient, or simpler way of getting the job done. When you can find a new way to handle an old process, you might find it’s no longer so daunting. Since new technologies are introduced to the business world every day, there may even be automation you can apply to a task you currently perform manually.

Don’t get bogged down in the details of tasks you don’t enjoy. Yes, these tasks are required, and, no, they’re not your favorite part of your job. But, when you reevaluate them periodically, and change up your routines, you may find ways to make these mundane tasks a little bit easier to accomplish.

Tips for Successfully Managing Change in Our Fast Paced World by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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In business, as in life, change can be an unsettling, but necessary, fact. In a world where change can come quickly, and where your reaction must be quick, as well, knowing in advance how you will handle upcoming change can help you to make the best possible decisions for your business. Answering the following three questions can help you prepare to manage any change you’re facing.images

  1. How do you react to change in general? Do you fear change or embrace it? If you fear change, it is important to recognize this in yourself so that you can be emotionally prepared to deal with changes when these happen. It is important to ask yourself why you fear change. In most cases, fear of change is the result of some major life change in the past that had negative consequences. Spend some time evaluating the emotions behind your fears so that you can work to eliminate any irrational fear that hold you back. Conversely, if you embrace change too readily, it’s important to ensure that you take the proper measures to think changes through before you act.
  2. What steps will you take before making decisions regarding the coming changes? It’s important to know what steps you need to take to make yourself personally comfortable. Do you need time to think? Do you feel more comfortable if you can seek the counsel of others first?
  3. How will you evaluate the change? Each time change happens that affects your business, it is important to evaluate the impact, and make corrections as needed. For example, if you are losing a valuable employee, you must first seek a replacement for that employee. Then, after the fact, you must evaluate the new employee’s training and performance to ensure that nothing is slipping through the cracks. This post change evaluation is critical because it has the most impact on how the overall change will affect your business.

Change can be scary. As a leader, you have the opportunity to face change head on and minimize any negative impact that might come from it, or ensure that the change has a positive overall effect. To do this, it is critical to be prepared for change by understanding your personal reaction to it and by having a plan to ensure that the impact on your business is positive in the end.

Embracing Change – Developing Resilience by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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“It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change, or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between we fear…it’s like being in between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer.There’s nothing to hold on to.”  M. Ferguson                                           

One thing is for certain, change is inevitable and it is here to stay. Our level of resilience will determine how we are able to managechange and also recover from any of life’s setbacks.  There is good news!  Taking the time to understand how we manage, react to and think about change will go a long way to help build resilience.  By managing thoughts, behaviours and actions we can actually look forward to and embrace change.change2

Resilience is the ability to cope with life’s disruptions with minimal amount of upset or drama.  The better equipped we are to manage the changes (good and bad) in our lives the more resilience we have.

Below I have outlined seven tips on how to build resilience:

1)    Accept that change is inevitable and is part of life. – Often we cannot control the events that happen in our lives and we can learn to control how we respond to them.  Often we resist change for many reasons: fear of the unknown or looking bad/incompetent or fear losing power.

2)    Understanding our own response to change.  By becoming conscious of our own responses to change will help give us a sense of control. Learning from past experiences and appreciating the lessons learned can build confidence in our ability to cope with whatever life brings our way. Often people resist change by criticizing new ideas, arguing or shutting down and withdrawing.

3)    Be decisive and take action. Be proactive and do as much as you can to avoid problems and when they do arise, take action toward resolution instead of ignoring and hoping they will go away.

4)    Look for opportunities in changing situations. Develop a “can do” attitude and have a clear vision of what you want to achieve.  Having realistic can help you stay the course when unexpected happens. Stay focused on the long term goal and what is the next small step you can take, given the current circumstances.

5)    Be flexible.  There are often multiple points of view and options when dealing with unexpected change.  Keeping an open mind and being flexible in how you will reach your goals can sometimes open doors that you might not have otherwise seen.

6)    Be optimistic and focus on the outcome you want.  Take a proactive approach and try new and different things. Get organized – develop structures to support you in times of change.

7)    Take care of yourself.  When you are healthy, relaxed and peaceful you can deal with change in a more balanced, less reactive way.  Develop and foster great friendships with people and be open to solicit and accept support from others when you need it. Embrace change, it is part of life!

 

Change is Inevitable By Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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Change is Inevitable by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

 Next to death and taxes one thing for sure is change.  It is constant and it will continue to be part of our everyday lives.  The rate of change has significantly increased in the past several decades and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon.

 People generally resist change and will often choose the comfort of things staying the same and comfortable than having to experience the anxiety of dealing with change and the unknown.change

 We are experiencing more change and unrest than we have in the past twenty years. We have to give up on the idea of that one day we will catch up or that things will settle down soon. It takes a lot of emotional, intellectual and physical energy to continually absorb change and often people get overloaded.  When this happens, productivity and quality can often suffer.  When employees burn out, it can directly affect the level of customer service and overall company morale.

 Often when there is big change happening in a company the leaders work very hard and spend a lot of time and energy trying to make people feel comfortable during change.  They create strategies to encourage employees to feel good about what is happening.  Instead, they should be giving them the tools to move through the discomfort of change and foster attitudes that will help them thrive in the new environment.  People need to be given the time and training required to adapt to change with minimal disruption to the customers.

 When major change happens, leaders need to look for ways to make incremental changes whenever possible with the least amount of impact on existing resources.  Managing the human side of change is critical to the success of any change initiative.  By providing employees with the tools to transition through change with resiliency will go a long way to keep them positive and focused on the desired results.  There needs to be a process for managing transition and change.

Tips for implementing effective change:

  • There needs to be an Executive who is a sponsor for the change
  • Teams of change agents need to be created (ie: communication, transition)
  • The need for change has been communicated to everyone (several times and in several ways)
  • The leaders clearly communicate the need for the change highlighting the direct and indirect impacts
  • It must be clearly communicate who will be involved in the implementation and planning of the change
  • Ongoing communication and updates as the project moves forward, as well as any modifications required