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Leveraging Your Approach to Change for Success

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

While the subject of change is broad and deep, it is important to understand that our approach to change affects the way we address it. This is important knowledge for us as leaders in our organizations, in our civic endeavors, and even in our homes. By understanding how we tend to approach change, we can be more effective participants, team members, and leaders in various areas of life.

We All Approach Change Differently

Some of us run toward it, seek it out, crave it. Others of us avoid it like the plague. Still others roll with it, taking things as they come. There is no right way or wrong way to approach change. Additionally, we may react differently depending on the circumstances. However, we all tend to have our go-to response, and that’s what is important to recognize.

Whether change is invigorating or challenging, it is constant. We all face change at some time or another. It is important to remember when going through change that there are many benefits. including growth, new knowledge, a fresh start, and even the opportunity to test our limits and appreciate our resilience. Change can feel unsettling, bringing the unexpected and, consequently, a lack of control, as with the global pandemic. When we know how we tend to approach change, we can help ourselves and others navigate it more effectively for success.


How Do Our Different Approaches Unfold in the Workplace?

Often, the result includes misunderstandings, conflict, and wasted time and energy. Our visionaries feel as if those who are hesitant slow the process, whereas the implementers need time to process and adjust to the changes at hand. When we consider the various styles, it is easy to see why it can be hard to navigate change in the workplace. At the same time, we need various perspectives in our organizations to be most successful.

So what can we do? First, we can become aware of our personal preferences and realize that everyone takes different approaches to change. Second, when helping others navigate change, speak with someone who has a different approach to change than your own. Third, consider your audience and the various approaches to change and accordingly frame your communication.


Having this knowledge of your team members and their approaches to change can help you communicate more effectively and navigate change more successfully.

Effective Leadership Means Being Self-Aware Regarding Our Own Leadership Skills and Preferences

Our approach to change has a significant effect on our teams. How do you approach change? How do those you lead approach change? Learning our approaches to change helps us to leverage our various styles for success.

How is your organization dealing with change? JER HR Group helps you navigate with various tools designed to help teams and leaders develop, communicate, and navigate change.

About the Author

Liz P. Summers is a senior consultant with JER HR Group. As an experienced facilitator, speaker, and leadership advocate, Liz works with individuals and groups to increase individual and organizational effectiveness and performance. Clients range from nonprofit organization and educational institutions to Fortune 200 companies. Services include capacity building, team building, leadership development, change management, nonprofit consulting and strategic planning.

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