How to move your people through the change curve

During this world health emergency due to the COVID-19, it’s very normal to feel worried about your own and your family’s wellbeing and safety. A lot of people are concerned with the economic impact on businesses and their livelihood as well as their ability to do their job effectively and meet their targets.

There is a high likelihood of significant work from home protocol put into place within the next few months and it’s important to be prepared for this transition, which can also be a great opportunity. Our leaders need to be agile and resilient during the times of uncertainty and constant change.

The Change Curve shows a positive move towards change where acceptance is the ultimate outcome. However, unless your organisation and leaders actively help move your people through the various stages of the curve, then individuals may become stuck at any stage, thereby making change more difficult (if not impossible). So how do you help guide them through change in a positive and effective way?

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to how they like to be communicated with, and how they process information, therefore having an understanding of the different personality types within your team can have a massive impact on how you can support them through the change process.

Tips for managing the change curve to achieve goals for effective bounce back

Where do you think you are currently at on the change curve?

You may be familiar with the change curve. What we go through with dealing with change and obstacles to reach our goals and fulfil our purpose is normal. It can, however, take a lot of energy.

With our brain being a hungry energy resource this is why it doesn’t like change, because it is exhausting. Tapping into Neuroplasticity – our brain’s ability to create new wiring – is key to making long-term commitment to change.

Moving through denial, resistance and exploration more effectively

Denial

  • Look around, seek out information and notice what is happening around you
  • Separate what you wish were true from what is actually true
  • Talk to other people about what they are seeing and doing about the change and working remotely
  • Learn ‘why’ the change is happening and how you can embrace it even if you are not quite sure about it
  • Identify people who could support your efforts and regularly check in with.

Resistance

  • Be aware of your feelings and accept that it is natural to feel this way with dealing with change, labelling the emotion is a great step after increasing your oxygen (deep breathing of 5 breaths, counting to 5 seconds on the in and out breath). Your brain takes 20% of all your oxygen to function effectively and we need more oxygen to help with self-regulation.
  • Plan for and acknowledge resistance when you face change by identify your ‘threat triggers’ and how you automatically respond.
  • Understand that you may want to blame others for the change, but try to move beyond blaming others to understand the reasons and the need for change.
  • Seek out other people for support and talk openly about your feelings.
  • Talk to people who have a positive outlook as emotions are contagious and see what they are doing to adjust to the change. This will help you to get your creative and innovative ideas flowing allowing you to see the positive possibilities.

Exploration

  • Learn new skills required because of the change. Consider virtual webinars and online content where you can still connect and exchange ideas.
  • View the change from many different perspectives.
  • Explore alternatives and options before deciding on the first few ideas from your short-term memory. Take time to reflect on your deep thinking.
  • Seek out as many new ideas as you can i.e attend virtual webinars, conference calls and TED Talks to get your innovative and creating thinking flowing.
  • Work with others to solve problems.
  • Try things out before you decide.

Considerations for dealing with change

  • Focus energy and time where you can make a difference.
  • Recognise and reward yourself – celebrate the little wins along the journey. Break down projects and tasks into bite-size chunks.
  • Look ahead to the future by overcoming the obstacles you are currently facing.
  • Self-check daily or weekly – where do you think you might be on the change curve?
  • Team-check – where are your team members on the change curve each week?
  • Leaders – what can you do to flatten the curve and reduce the dip into vision, productivity and engagement?

Curious about how to deal with change and uncertainty, and would like to learn more?

Resources

  • Check out our new offering: Remote Leadership – Webinar training program
  • Reach out if virtual coaching and behavioural profiling may be of interest to understand self-leadership style and techniques to lead others who may think differently to you in times of change. Click here to review recent coaching results.
  • I have a podcast series created by the Australian Industry Group, including ‘Why change hurts’ discussing the change curve and how to effectively enable brains for change in the digital age.

All of our services can be provided virtually. Call us a call to discuss how we can help you and your people to be effective in times of change and uncertainty.

Individuals, teams and companies can effectively reach their goals and effectively cope with change.

Find out how I can help you achieve success today and into the future.

Resources

  • Check out our new offering: Remote Leadership – Webinar training program
  • Reach out if virtual coaching and behavioural profiling may be of interest to understand self-leadership style and techniques to lead others who may think differently to you in times of change. Click here to review recent coaching results.
  • I have a podcast series created by the Australian Industry Group, including ‘Why change hurts’ discussing the change curve and how to effectively enable brains for change in the digital age.

All of our services can be provided virtually. Call us a call to discuss how we can help you and your people to be effective in times of change and uncertainty.

Individuals, teams and companies can effectively reach their goals and effectively cope with change.

Find out how I can help you achieve success today and into the future.