Whenever you hear it, I dare you happily to challenge that statement; and I would easily add : “It’s not the change people are resisting, it’s the ownership of the change and the fact of not having a saying in the decision leading to that change”.
If you are a movie-addict like me, you may have seen a movie called “Two days, one night”. This notion of ownership of change is beautifully shown across that story. Sandra, a young mother, discovers that her co-workers have opted for a significant pay bonus leading to her dismissal. On hearing the news, she retreats in a state of passivity and panic however her husband and two of her friends motivate her to take action, something that seems like a desperate action but still is an action: visiting each of her co-workers to ask them to review their decision. On the following Monday morning, even though not enough of her co-worker support her staying as an employee, enough do for her management to review their strategy: they agree to keep her under a specific condition, which happens not to be acceptable to Sandra, and she refuses it. Yes after all her effort to keep her job and to succeed at it, she refuses it, calm, determined, strong and very clear headed. What makes such a drastic change in her reaction between the moment she heard the news and that meeting with her boss? The situation is the same, she is still out of job but now she has taken ownership of the situation; she has taken back control of the change and this change imposed onto her becomes a change she chooses.
Nowadays, when I think of change, I tend to replace it with “evolution” and to look at it easily, I am using the “Spiral model of coaching” where we have:
S Situation / Spirit & Aspiration
P Progressing / Planning
I Implementation / Innovation
R Reacting / Relaxing
A Attention / Addition
L Looking anew / Looking ahead
3 THINGS for you to do THIS WEEK to start your OWN SPIRAL of GROWTH
- S for SITUATION – Set a moment aside to look around: Where you are? What’s going on? Who is around you? Let your mind do the 360˚ feedback of your day.
- S for SPIRIT and ASPIRATION – Take several deep breaths and get out in the open air then look around: What do you have on the horizons? Do you like it? Do you see an horizon?
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