The Wonder Blog is exploring change, this post is about change at work! This is just one thought out of many – there are many practices such as Lean Six Sigma which is seen as industry standard.
When applying change to an organisation, it is important to remember the quote by William Bridges ‘It isn’t the change that do you in. It’s the transition’
To use a simple pimple example:
Change is a new mobile phone (say from basic phone to a smartphone). Transition is learning how to use it.
With the new smartphone, you will be excited by the newness, the style, things you can do, the apps and pictures as well as the productivity. The list could go on. – Excitement!
However you are also a little anxious and uncertain – what if you don’t know how to use it properly, what if all your contacts are not there? The goes on. – Nervousness, self doubt
You then go into a mode which tells you had to give up something (the old phone) that was familiar. Unlearn all you knew about your previous phone and you are now outside your comfort zone. – Potentially giving up and crying (or is that just me)
It is about addressing that change will affect you. When applying change at an organisation, like the new mobile phone example, it is about covering all bases to know whatever the change you put in place, you will need a transition period to ensure maximum results. ( Depending on the size of change you might also need to HR involved)
There are three phases, which have been established by William Bridges who believes, that changes isn’t necessarily the problem; the change is the situation. People have difficulty with the transition.
The transition isn’t optional but is bloody important and we must all go through the three stages to accommodate ourselves to any change:
Find out more here about William Bridges Transition Model: