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Courage to Change

Happy Friday,

I've been reflecting on change a lot this week given my daughter did her induction day at her new secondary school yesterday! I know so many say it but I cannot quite comprehend where the time has gone since her first day of primary school compared to dropping her with friends to walk to what will be her new school in September. I am definitely experiencing the roller-coaster of change emotions as a parent right now - a mix of excitement, fear, happiness, sadness, joy and the unknown!

As we know, change in our professional and personal lives is inevitable – whether it is self-imposed or imposed. I thought I'd share these tips to help you and others face change.

1) Accept that change is going to happen focusing on the benefits it will bring (as well as acknowledging and giving yourself and others time to understand what may be lost - this is important) to put you in a positive and receptive frame of mind at outset.

2) Capture the benefits of the change for yourself and work with others to do the same. This is your WHY.

3) Have an appreciation of how you and others face change differently (I use psychometric profiling with many clients to help them understand how they may differ or be similar to others in times of change and uncertainty). Individuals who may outwardly resist change can come across as obstructive or fearful, however there are always reasons for behaviour - take the time to understand the behaviour and ask those you are supporting what they may need/value during change.

4) Acknowledge that we all have different emotions as we face, accept, deal with and embrace change – the Kubler Ross change curve illustrates this well. Acknowledge these emotions and be respectful of them in others.

5) Don’t give up on change – it is necessary, it helps us evolve, grow and develop. Remind yourself continually of your WHY.

Have a super weekend ahead.


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