31. Oct, 2017

Reformation Day and Change Management, a great fit?

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Today is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Day (https://www.luther2017.de/en/2017/reformation-anniversary/), a great day to write something about Change Management 😉. Depending on who you ask, there are still a lot of people struggling with the changes that happened to "their church" 500 years ago, initiated by Martin Luther. Because they are still somewhere on the Change Curve, possibly between stages 1 and 4 or maybe already in between 4 and 6. Everybody has to go through all stages individually, with her/his own pace!!

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther,  German - Leader November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Martin Luther  https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/martin_luther

I personally had quite some changes in the last 18 month, so I know what I am talking about and I am well aware of the different stages on the change curve. Have been there, have seen it. Just some examples below, especially for the one time visitors and my unsteady audience:

  • Stopped working for my previous company by mutual agreement
  • Had to look for a new job opportunity with age 54
  • Did take a one year sabbatical, partly sponsored by the government labor office
  • Did start to write my personal BLOG
  • Participated in a 4 month Digital Transformation Consultant education
  • Joined several events and workshops about Digital Transformation, Change Management, Idea fitness, Social networking, etc.
  • Started my own company
  • Opened a Facebook group and Youtube channel
  • Changed from job searching to job placement, as right placement advisor

"Do you have any trick to manage this constant change?" some people might ask now. Possibly yes, but what works well for me might not be useful for other people? Some of my hints and learnings below:

  • Be open, honest and authentic
  • Stay positive and motivated, even when it becomes more and more difficult over time
  • Proactively tackle the problem of Change and Change Management --> try to understand it, learn/read about it, talk with other people about it
  • Feel and accept the change, quickly find "what is in it for me"
  • Do not fight against something that you cannot influence anyway
  • "Steal with pride" --> copy and transfer, what works fine for other people, avoid the bad stuff and oneway streets as good as possible
  • Find a mentor or coach, if possible. To get an independent point of view and opinion
  • Build trust in your family and friends, you are not alone
  • Read other blogs, articles, theories and ideas. Even when you do not directly see a relation to your personal situation, you might realize it later in the process
  • "Plant the Seeds for Your Future" and "Get Your Big Rocks In First"
  • to be continued ...

👍 Special thanks to my wife for her ongoing support and trust in me. This was and is really helpful every day. 👍

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. Ernest Hemingway, American - Novelist July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961