“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”
Artist: Andy Warhol
Nothing stays the same. Managing change has become the norm in all walks of life. In this fast-paced, unpredictable world, not only is change inevitable, it’s happening more quickly than ever before. Not only do we have to deal with personal changes, we also have broader issues to deal with such as the global economy, the domestic economy (job loss, company closures), the environment, technology, and changing cultural values. As challenging and difficult as it may be, and as resistant we are to it, we have to learn to manage change.
From a business perspective, change is something that affects most of us. Organisations need to change regularly but it’s often hard to do so: People dislike insecurity; stable routines and habits tend to cause a sense of inertia and a resistance to change is natural for some people.
John Kotter is an internationally known speaker who introduced the 8-step change model for helping managers deal with transformational change:
Managing change can be a stressful activity but if you can make it work it will add real value to the company and yourself!