Successfully Navigating Change

In our fast paced world, it seems that change is always occurring.  However, there are many times in life when change comes at us unexpectedly.   Maybe our first reaction is resistance or fear or anger.    Many times we can feel powerless.   Coaching people to move through change is one of the most common reasons for coaching.  Here are the most common areas of change for people:

  • Health breakdown
  • Loss of job
  • Divorce
  • Changing Careers
  • Financial

Before we can effectively move through change, we need to have the space to stop and take an inventory of our emotions surrounding this change, the people impacted by the change, and the resources we have to navigate through change.

  1. Moving from resistance to persistence:  It is easy to fall into the trap of being a victim to the change or even becoming depressed or apathetic.  The sooner you take action to begin to design new opportunities presented by the change, the sooner you will be on the road to a new beginning. You can tend to forget your capabilities for navigating change.  Looking back at past major changes to see the resources you used then can assist you in creating strategies to move forward with your current change.
  2. Reflection and acknowledgement:  We can learn a great deal about ourselves at these times of our lives.  This is a time to revisit your purpose in life and what brings you a sense of fulfillment.  Examine your values – what is truly important to you.  Spend time journaling and give yourself permission to feel the sadness and acknowledge the great things about yourself. It is important to take a break and have your mind and energy on something other than the change you are experiencing.
  3. Envision what you want:  Take time to envision what you want in your future.  Don’t put limits on it, allow yourself to dream.  Think of new training you may want to complete, a new business opportunity, or a new home and how you would want it to look.  Even if you are facing challenges with your health, there are possibilities.  There are times when we feel the most vulnerable that doors open for us.
  4. Enroll resources:  Challenge yourself to reach out to others as a sounding board for ideas and assistance.  It is at times like these we cannot have expectations of others knowing what we need. We must be responsible to connect and ask for what we want to move forward.  Have a great brainstorming session with yourself – or you can include others who might also be impacted by the change – to explore all of the possible solutions or strategies in taking on this change.
  5. Miles are a combination of many steps:  See if you can break the change needed into small actions; making a gradual transition.  When we can integrate change in pieces and over a short period of time, we can avoid becoming overwhelmed and reduce stress as well.
  6. Turn challenges into opportunities:  Identify the challenges or obstacles you foresee as you take these small actions in managing change.  Your attitude will create your experience.  Work to adopt a positive attitude as you embrace the change that has occurred.

Change is not easy for most of us.  Change will always challenge us to face ourselves.  It is at these times that we can experience the greatest growth and our greatest sense of personal power.  Holding on to the past will never move us forward.

Today, more than ever before, the value of engaging with a coach can make huge differences in both the business environment and in other areas of our lives.  The demand for coaches continues to increase in businesses with many now having their own staff of internal coaches, contracting with external coaches and training their managers to lead their teams with coaching skills rather than the old school managing and directing.

If your organization is ready to create a coaching culture and having members of their HR Department or Leadership & Development Department trained as coaches, contact us to learn about our next training beginning in August in Memphis, TN.

To learn more about our training programs or for a consultation on bringing leadership development and coaching skills into your organization, contact Ginny Carter, Administrative Director, at [email protected] or at 410-236-1491.

Our best to you,

Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training