How to avoid becoming a victim of change: from his many years experience as a change management expert advising multi-national companies, Chris Howe provides an overview of the 'do's and don'ts' to initiating and maintaining change.(Learning & Development)

THE REALITY OF LIFE IS NOT ONLY THAT change is inevitable, but that the pace of change is increasing and will most likely continue to do so. In the public sector there has always been pressure to do more with less, due to the increasing cost cuts in terms of staff and resources. Therefore, undergoing change is a fundamental part of many people's working lives.

The problem with change is that it is a two-way street and which way you walk depends entirely upon your individual adaptability. Some people view change in a positive light and deal with it effectively and others have a very negative perception of change and are extremely reluctant to accept it.

Do Not be a Victim

The first step in dealing with change is to determine whether you have personally chosen to see yourself as a potential victim--someone who suffers a consequence over which they had no control.

When you think about the change that is coming do you try and ignore it, believe that it is fundamentally wrong or see the whole thing as a negative experience?

If any of the above rings true, then you are displaying victim tendencies. Although feeling this way is often natural when you are faced with unsettling changes, you must be aware that by focusing on the negative, the change you are undergoing is likely to have a very negative impact on you overall.

ChangeMaker International are currently working with an organisation facing privatisation, based on a decision made by senior executives that it will be more cost effective. The way that the organisation should deal with this is to endeavour to make sure that their staff gains a positive experience of change. …

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