We are all experiencing change which always involves loss. We have lost our routine, office and the immediacy of our colleagues. The stages of change are as follows:-
- Shock/surprise – we all experienced this last week
- Denial – the questions in our head was this really happening
- Frustration – the realisation of what the restrictions would mean
- Despair/Depression – the reality and enormity of the situation
- Experimentation – this will be this week, trying to work differently
- Decisions – further ahead we may well decide to work this way forever
- Integration – the experimentation and decisions have all come together
These stages come from the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross change curve and whilst I have listed them very straightforwardly they possibly will not flow in this way. We will go through every stage however we might move backwards and forwards and there will be no guide as to how long we stay on the change curve.
The book “Who moved my cheese…” by Dr Spencer Johnson explains change in a more human and emotional context. There are four characters in the book which you can all identify with. There are two mice with small rodent brains who do not over analyse change and ride with the times and move with the change. The two little people in the story Hem And Haw over think the change and experience fear of it and the world of uncertainty.
Hem is frozen by change and will not change his behaviour or try new thinking. At the start of last week I felt very like Hem myself, I could not see how my business could move forward and like a lot of people felt emotional and panicked by the circumstances.
The character Haw faces his fear and moves forward, which is what I did by the mid point of the week. My business can adapt to the circumstances and my behaviour, thinking can experience new challenges. This is the beginning of the changes I am making:-
- I have advised all my coaching clients that we will continue our sessions using zoom and whilst we won’t have 2 hours face to face, we can still see each other for an hour, and more often which will be more beneficial.
- My 90 minute workshops are a great way to boost team morale and can also be delivered over zoom.
- nuggets is also opening a business book review club that starts this Friday at 10.00am with the first book being reviewed “Who moved my cheese…”
Please do stay in touch with nuggets and let us know how we can help you adapt with the change. firstname.lastname@example.org
Read “Who moved my cheese…” this week and join us on Friday to chat through which character you were and how your initiatives and thinking are going.