How do you want to respond to change at work?

Posted December 1, 2020 in

Chris Marr

Digital Sales and Marketing Coach at IMPACT

"Change happens slowly and then all at once" - Kevin Kelly, Futurist.

Working in a fast-paced industry (marketing & sales) with a rapidly evolving organisation (IMPACT) requires a measured temperament for change.

Like me, I’m sure you’ve reacted to change in a way that doesn’t align with your values and principles.

Self-awareness in these moments is how we learn to respond better to new ideas.

For more context, I've recorded this video just for y'all here at IMPACT+...

Here are my personal lessons on change at work:

  1. While a few things are changing, most things stay the same
  2. Everything is born from change and most change will be good for me
  3. I get to choose how and when change affects me
  4. Most change happens slowly over time - It’s not as immediate as I first think
  5. Don’t act and behave like the change is actually happening when it’s only ideas that are being discussed
  6. If I try to protect myself I will stifle good ideas
  7. Some change won’t affect me at all, and certainly not as much as I think
  8. I have more control over how change affects me and my work than I first think
  9. I only have control over how I respond. I cannot control everything
  10. There’s always the possibility that I could be wrong.
  11. It’s not about me

Writing these statements has helped me to appreciate and accept my role in change at work.

Ultimately, I can either lead and shape the changes that take place, or be dragged along.

I know which I’d prefer.

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Jolie Higazi
It's a simple reminder, but a valuable one that "It's not about me." It's easy to internalize changes in processes or procedures as "better" or "worse" for me and my work-- something that is becoming more or less difficult for me to do. 

But as you say, it's worth taking a step back-- it's not about me, it's about the clients I serve, the team I serve them alongside of, and the ultimate mission that's at hand with my work. 

With that perspective, I can try to lean in and embrace some more of the changing ways of doing things, even if there's a learning curve, because it's ultimately moving me in the direction I need to go to best help my clients.
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