Dealing with Change

Learn from Experiences

Communicate the need for change.  To rally support BEFORE the change, communicate the problem to convey the sense of urgency for the need for the change.  To rally support DURING the change, alter your communication strategy and focus instead on communicating everything possible about the change to maintain transparency.  Ensure you communicate a clear and compelling vision for the change.

If you are leading the change:

If you are affected by the change, use this actionable list of solutions to help you manage your response to the change and to maintain your motivation during the change.


Learn from Others

If you do not already meet regularly with your manager, schedule weekly or monthly meetings during the time of change. Structure the conversations using this meeting checklist (DOC) to ensure you get the coaching you need.

Find a mentor who has successfully dealt with similar change.  Ask the following questions:

  • What tactics did you use to find some sense of control in a situation when you had no control over the change?
  • How did you keep your personal stress level to a minimum during the time of uncertainty and change?
  • In what ways did you take ownership of the change and contribute to a successful end result?
  • What did you learn from your experience? What would you have done differently to more successfully deal with the change?

Learn from those who inspire you:

  • “If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.” – Charles Kettering
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
  • “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” – Peter Senge