DYNAMICS OF CHANGE AND LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." Sometimes in life, rare and unexpected things could really make us adjust to something that we are not used to doing it. Life is a dynamic process that every day we experience change, sometimes it is not obvious or properly observed by our naked eye that probably we tend to feel like there is something new that happened to us.
Change is the only constant in this world, and if we do not allow changes to be imparted in our lives, then there will be no progress or improvement. Just like in business, change is essential, and growth is more vital. Let us try to think into a wider perspective than the word itself that change is renewing something that should not be existed or happening. It’s part of life, and it is an opportunity to develop and improve something that is existing but lacking.
The given presentation was a bit informative, and it expounds on the basic concepts of how people tend to cope with change. And I assert that these basic concepts are a bit necessary to understand more concepts in dealing the business world. The first way of coping to change is escape coping which merely not a good thing to be followed because it is based on avoidance, and most of the time you take deliberate actions to avoid the difficulties of the change. Probably, it is thinking less beyond the limit of more possibilities because you are escaping the mere fact that change brought something that you were not benefited. That's why most people take it seriously, and when they can't even control it then suddenly they feel depressed or belittled then as a result, it causes pessimism sometimes depression for others. On the other hand, control coping is positive and proactive. You refuse to behave like a victim of change. Instead, you manage your feelings, get support, and do whatever you can to be part of the change. In reality, most of us respond to major changes with a mixture of escape and control coping. But control coping is generally the better option, as it is impossible to avoid the reality of change for long without becoming exhausted or damaging your reputation. Change can be difficult because it can challenge how we think and the way how we see things in our dispositions, how we work, and perform a task which is basically part of our routines, and the quality of relationships to others, and even our physical security or sense of identity.
The presentation also tackles about the four stages of reacting to change, the way how we feel about the change, and how we deal and overcome the situation. The stage of shocks and disorientation tells about experiencing a sudden, big change can feel like a physical blow. Which in the first place or in the initial stage, you'll likely feel confused and uncertain. Your first priority should be to seek reliable information and to make sense of the situation. Probably you need to seek other people's similar experiences and talk through your concerns with family and friends to find support and comfort. Assuring that you distance yourself from gossip and rumors which are baseless and negative to the point that it will likely cause you more pain, and anxiety, not less. And at this stage, you'll likely not reach any firm conclusions but as much as possible try to remain as positive as you can. The second stage focuses on anger and other emotional responses. Initial disorientation at the prospect of change usually gives way to a wave of strong emotions. Sometimes we might be angry about a downgrade of your role, or fearful about the impact that a layoff will have on your family. In the middle of the run, you may find yourself swinging between optimism and pessimism. But this is quite natural, and it's a normal step on the way to resolving your situation. It is important to avoid suppressing your emotions but it's equally key to manage them. Therefore acknowledging how you feel is quite important, but be sure to assess what you can express openly such as accepting general comments about a project's progress and what you should probably keep to yourself or embarrassed if you find yourself in tears at work. This is a natural reaction to the uncertainty and confusion that often follows a sudden change. Coming to terms with "New Normal" is the center point of the third stage. This stage diverts your focus into likely to shift away from what you've lost and towards what's new. The process might be slow and you might find yourself reluctant to acknowledge it, but it's an essential part of coping with change. The ultimate key here is to make a commitment to move on. Pick yourself in the process and start to explore more deeply what the change means. Your instinct may be to behave and unwilling to cooperate but this may lead yourself and others harm. Search and emphasize the positive aspects of your developing situation. During this time be patient because coming to terms with a change is a gradual process. The last stage is acceptance and moving forward. The stage when you come to fully accept your changed circumstance. Acceptance does not mean giving up your former situation because you still have valuable memories, skills, and relationships to carry forward, but the point is you’re moving on, whether in career or in your wider life. Try to draw a personal statement that serves as a strong and positive mantra to stay on track. Then set yourself goals to create an action plan to make the most of your new situation.
Overall, in life, we experience sudden downfall and sometimes stumble along with our ways. Change is inevitable and whether we like it or not it is already an inculcated process of life itself. We may think and feel the same way that we don't want to change ourselves or something within us just to show our deep imparted principles in life and our attitude but sometimes it is okay to adopt change and to be with the change alongside in the process because some way or another change might be a way to renew what is wrong and fulfill what is something lacking into us. It is like change is a kind of redirection that may re-assess ourselves and refocuses our goals in life to be back on track. Never let your emotions decide the pace of your life. Always remember that the best way to cope with change is by building up your resilience skills to quickly recover from any difficulties and toughness of life. Also, be transparent because it is vital to avoid pretending that everything is fine because it brings toxicity within ourselves and might as well it will affect our mindset. So if you find yourself regressing, give yourself a time to recover after all this is not a race but it is a battle of survival. People are more likely to progress through these stages successfully if they acknowledge their feelings, explore the facts, stay positive, draw on their support networks, and give themselves a time to accept.