When a stimulus happens to you in the form of change, what do you do? Do you resist, embrace, or lead the charge?
Change happens all the time. Some changes are small and can be easily accepted. For instance, you may usually buy wintergreen flavored gum. The store is out of wintergreen flavored gum, so you try Peppermint flavored gum today. A fairly easy exchange, however, when it comes to change that affects how we interact with the world on a larger scale such as moving from paper to electronic processes, the ability to accept and adapt to the change can become more difficult.
You may never be completely comfortable with change; however, you can develop your ability to adapt to change by building your resilience.
According to, Nozomi Morgan, MBA and certified Executive Coach, “[q]uickly adapting to change will improve your effectiveness and productivity. And, being resilient will help you avoid being overwhelmed by changes.”
How do we build resilience?
As shared by Vincent Arecchi and Ernest Baker in their paper, Effective strategies to move from change to resilience, presented at the 2012 PMI® Global Congress, “[b]uilding resilience starts with understanding the personal choices we make when faced with change...[and] [h]ow well…you cope with adversities associated with the change.”
As a leader of a team, it is important to know how to help your team members adapt to change and, more importantly, become more resilient. During the ATD Buffalo Niagara Signature Speaker Series event, we will explore How to Be Better: Change Management and Effective Coaching Methods.
This event features author, speaker, and retired C-Level executive, Gretchen Fierle. You won’t want to miss the Free breakfast event where Ms. Fierle will share years of corporate leadership experience and invaluable insights. Learn the skills necessary to go from good to better to great by attending this interactive leadership event at The Buffalo Club on Tuesday May 14th at 8:30a.m.
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Arecchi, V. & Baker, E. (2012). Effective strategies to move from change to resilience. Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2012—North America, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. Retrieved from https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/effective-strategies-move-change-resilience-6002.
Morgan, M. (2017) How to Build Resilience in Times of Change; Huffington Post. Retrieved From: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nozomi-morgan/how-to-build-resilience-i_b_8930152.html.