It seems like everyone I speak to today is talking about change. Consultants work with organizations to bring about change, managers ask their employees to change their ways, executives try to change their organizational culture, and a new breed of entrepreneurs attempt to change the world one startup at a time.
Just type the word “Change” into Google’s advanced news search and you will see lists of headlines where change is featured. Today I noticed that PBS is wondering if the Volcker rule will change the culture of wall street, the Wall Street Journal reported that Steve Balmer thinks a new leader at Microsoft will accelerate change, and the Washington Redskins are considering a quarterback change this weekend.
Change is all around us. It can be fun to watch, but that fun turns to fear and distress once it hits too close to home.
How can you deal with change that comes out of nowhere and slaps you in the face? How can you handle the change gracefully and maintain the composure that great leaders possess in times of difficulty?
I’m going to tell you the single most important action you can take to effectively deal with change, but you should note that it won’t be easy. Change is disruptive, confusing and unpredictable; but to change with ease you must do the following:
Shift your focus from what is happening outside of you to what is happening inside of you.
We all know people who possess this ability. It might be an executive you work with, a family member, or a friend. Individuals who effectively handle change are notable and possess positive qualities. They are calm, composed, and gracious; while others run around with their hair on fire. They have mastered the inner game and it shows.
Thankfully, mastering the inner game is possible for all of us. Here are three things you can do to improve you inner game and change with ease.
Shifting your focus from what is happening outside of you to what is happening inside of you creates a special connection with your better self. Leaders who master this inner game possess great power and attract followers who are inspired by strong leadership. No one wants to follow a leader who is constantly frustrated, angry, emotionally unstable, and over analytical. The good news is that by taking these three steps you can learn to change with ease and inspire others to do the same.
Question: What other techniques have you used to effectively handle change?