Change Management - How to Know What to Do Next?
When we deal with changes the first question that everyone asks is "what to do now"? It's not easy to know because there are things we encounter that we have never met before. Albert Einstein's has a very famous saying, which is extremely relevant and very often not understood, and I paraphrase :
"To do the Same Things and Expect Different Results is Insanity"
So very true, and how often do we believe we have done things different only to find out that it wasn't really different because the attitude didn't shift - we may have made cosmetic changes but never really changed our attitude, our expectations, our speeds and most importantly our Comfort Zone.
Einstein calls this insanity, not just madness, and I think this is worth noting, especially in these times where clearly we see the world as we knew it break apart to many different fragments, where, values, standards, humanity, leadership and happiness are at all time low.
Violence, divorce, economic hardship, disconnect between government and its people, disconnect between organizations' leadership and their work force, corruption, deception, crime, physical/mental/emotional diseases, dispersion, atrocities aimed at women and children, oppression of all kinds, where people are prevented basic God-given choices, all increasing alarmingly, crushing Trust everywhere.
Yes, we are advancing technologically but at what expense? Yes, medicine is improving but the disease we encounter have compounded in quantity and virulence to levels unknown before. Just the thought of two thousand five hundred million children waking up every morning with bloated stomachs because there is no food, should tell us a tale of horrific proportions that is unfolding right in front of our very eyes.
Nothing seems to work in the old ways we were familiar with, and for a reason.
We have departed from basic human principles in favor of the quest for fame and fortune. We went against nature and we are all paying for this dearly!
The business world is merely a reflection of the state of the human race, and vice versa, and although this article is written to professionals, it applies to all aspects of life.
There are some basic principles to uphold in Change Management that are vital to the success of organizations and individuals, here are some of them:
- Understand that each and every person is potentially and Agent for Change - that means that You who read this article can and are changing the world depending on what you do. If the Butterfly Effect is true and the movements of the wings of the butterfly change the weather across the globe, what could a human, which is million times more powerful do when it "flaps its own wings" and Truly shifts its Position?
- It is so important to understand that small changes in the right place make all the difference - big changes never lead to anything other than fear and stress that most people can't handle.
- True changes come from inside - there is a wise saying " when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at, Change!
- The knowledge of what you need to do next comes from putting your knowledge into practice - This is refered to as the Onion Principle. This means that depth is revealed by the peeling off the layers whitch happens by acting on what you know. Then you reach deeper levels of understanding and expertise. This requires much more explanation and training to fully understand what is being written here.
- Sometimes doing nothing for a while is the best course of action, at least it guarantees that we don't make hasty decisions out of stress or panic which never leads to good things.
- It is better to create an environment which is built around Trust, Belief and PositiVision and Let Things Come to You, rather than chase an elusive success.
All that is pointed out here must lead to each person taking themselves more seriously in the matter of their value as a human, not as an Ego entity.
I am sure you know all this, don't you... the question is:
How much of what you know do you really put into action? How much do you delude yourself to thinking that because you know it in your head it is done...? And then you go searching for more knowledge that you never heard before, only to repeat the same pattern.
People often say "Been there, done that" what they should really say is "I have heard it and filed it somewhere in my brain and I am really looking for something new to excite me". What I am saying is do what you know first and stop fooling yourself by searching for something new before you applied what you already know.
I do training with people and organizations who seek change for real, who have done their homework and realize the truth of our situation in the world. They came to understand that without Heart-Mind correct balances they are going around in circles. My experience in Human Resource and Change Management is vast and stretches world-wide and over 20 years of training professionals in all levels.
The Thinking Coach