Change – Five Behaviors TItleless Leaders Use

As a colleague of Nan’s, I periodically post here when things grab my attention about titleless leaders, as it did this week.

Photo - ChangeIt is a familiar time of year – Back to School. There are shopping trips to local malls, schedules adjusted and readjusted and many new activities begin. Even if you don’t have children, you are impacted with back to school TV commercials and increased traffic on the roads.

So, if change is on your calendar (and it always is) – here are Five Behaviors for Tackling Change:

  • Prepare – Change comes in all sizes and shapes. It is wanted and unwanted. It is expected and unexpected. And, it is exciting and devastating. Create your own ‘toolbox’ for coping with change.
  • Accept Where You Are – Change often turns everything upside down. Only you can control your reaction to it. Epictetus, a philosopher said, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
  •  Stop Blaming and Complaining – A small amount of ranting about a change in the beginning is good for the psyche but then let go.
  •  Moving On – Change is an opportunity for something different, new and can be uncomfortable. As Charles Darwin reminds us; “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
  •  Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously – Lighten up. Tap into humor. Go play. “Sometimes … a few moments of laughter are all you need to keep you from giving up.” Attitude Adjuster, Steve Rizzo.

I’d love to hear the ‘go-to’ behaviors you use when change happens. Plus, your thoughts about change in the workplace.