As more and more towns, cities, states, and countries recommend and enact restrictions on social contact and travel, nearly every aspect of normal healthy life has been upended. No matter which way you look at COVID-19 and its impact, you will be forced to change. It is much more than a health issue, and you ignore it at your peril. But never forget, changing creates opportunities for everyone.
- Changes in health and well-being
- Changes in health care services
- Changes in the working environment
- Changes in the way businesses operate
- Changes in family and other relationships
- Changes in the way we use technologies
- Changes in the standards of living.
You likely know about ‘change engines’, like the list below, which change the way we live and work. Overcoming people’s natural resistance to change isn’t impossible, but it takes intention and effort. Here are some of the techniques we have found to work well.
- Accept the uneasiness people will have with any change
- Provide a roadmap for people to make necessary changes
- Connect with the thing’s family, friends and employees care about
- Embrace bottom-up change, listen and never rely on your own understanding
- Measure and monitor the impact changes are having
- Recognise and reward success and learning about changes made.
‘Change Engines’ need to be identified.
We are now experiencing the most significant‘ change engine’ any of us have ever experienced. Even Ford’s Model T didn’t cause such a dramatic impact as the COVID-19 pandemic.
People who are thinking about change refer to the only things which never change; death and taxes, but it’s not true. If people could make changes quickly, you would never hear things like, “That’s just the way we’ve always done it,” and, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Changing creates uncertainty and fewer options.
Even if the current COVID-19 pandemic situation forces workarounds and reworks it could be fatal for people and businesses. It’s no wonder changing creates push back when leaders try to shake things up.
If you want to win at anything, you must plan to have better outcomes from the start. You must infuse value throughout your involvement and approach to each project involving COVID-19. But, if you are too busy, this will be impossible.
Changing creates new ways we can help others.
Everyone should be in the business of helping others to grow and become more sustainable. The worst you could do is become an advocate or evangelist for change during these turbulent times.
Changing creates and many of us are guilty of chasing the occasional shiny object. It catches our eye and grabs our imagination and before we know it we’ve handed over our money and countless hours of our time. Before you know it, you’ve fallen further behind, and nothing much changes.
Hopefully, it works out well and delivers on its promises, but when it doesn’t watch out, it could be the start of a slippery slope. When one thing doesn’t work out, we become even more determined to fix it and will reach for anything we can grab which may help.
Our tool “Reasons Enterprises Fail or Need to Change” will assist you in making way for opportunities to emerge. Please contact us for a copy, https://faqsupport.com.au/contact-us/
Key Message: The answer lies in doing more of the things which will have an impact on your life, your family, friends, your work and your community. At the very least, you could be learning new skills and creating ideas and possibilities for your future.
“Unfortunately, when I see people focus on problems, they tend to see or even create more problems. The people who concentrate on possibilities and opportunities tend to find even more”. Peter Sergeant
“To create changes in your life, your business or your community adjust to the new paradigm, as quickly as possible”. Peter Sergeant