Many individuals and that includes organizations which are just groups of individuals united to achieve specific goals continually seek new answers to this centuries old question: How do I change?
With today's generation having more change in one year than their grandparent's experienced in their entire lifetime, learning how to deal with change is critical to personal and organizational success. This is called change management. Yet, change is still a challenge even for those who think that they have open minds.
For example, can you explain the logic of these numbers?
8 5 4 9 7 6 3 2 0
What is going through your mind? Are you adding, subtracting, multiplying to determine the logical sequence? As a business coach and change management consultant, this is one of most favorite activities that I use with my clients from young people to executive board members.
What this activity quickly demonstrates is that the paradigms we use to solve problems with an an individual or as an organization force us in some cases to expend a lot of energy as well as emotions without a satisfactory answer. However, when we change how we see things, the things we look at will change.
This change happens because we have changed within ourselves. Outside forces from motivational speakers to the newest video such as The Secret only provide opportunities to see things differently.
Since we are the way we are because of years of experiences that have further solidify our foundational belief systems, we should not expect change to happen overnight. Change takes time just like reading a positive affirmation statement or what I call a belief statement. When those written statements are read out loud, heard and felt at least three times each day, we can begin to switch our negative beliefs or attitudes for positive ones. Remember, first, we must be the change that we are seeking.
P. S. If you cannot answer the above question, just send me an email or give me a call.
Leanne Hoagland-Smith, M. S. is a business coach and performance improvement consultant with offices in Indianapolis and near Chicago. She writes, speaks and coaches people in business and education to quickly double or triple results through the creation of an executable strategic plans along with the necessary leadership skills “to pull it off. "
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