Change is hard, difficult, painful, inevitable.
So why do we not accept all this and move ahead? Why are we surprised by it?
Resenting change and being afraid of it is expected, so again, why the surprise? And, as responsible businessmen and women, surely we should concentrate on making change work for our organisations and our teams and colleagues, rather than fearing it, reflecting on the pain, or complaining about how difficult it is.
How many hours do we all waste on these distractions?
And resistance to change won’t make the change go away.
And, it strikes me, there’s usually a reason for change. (In fact, there is always a reason for change.) That reason might a new opportunity (how often do we assume that?), a change in corporate fortunes, a change in the market in which we operate, it might even be incompetence.
Right now, I’m working as a freelance consultant. Earlier this year, my last employer moved its entire HQ operation from Sydney to Shanghai (a new opportunity for the company), which wasn’t for me.
Woe is me, but so what? Woe won’t pay the mortgage.
New opportunities are spontaneously born from events, new opportunities can be created as a consequence of external events (and a bit of stress!).
Get over change and channel its pain to good effect.
(This post is part of the series derived from my experiences in business over the past seven or so years.)
(PS: this post scores 8.8/10 on the Bullfighter Index, with no Bull – my best-ever effort, I think!)