Articles

Bridge Out or a Ramp to Better Things? Surviving and Thriving on Change in Your Organization

Posted by Mark Becker on Nov 1, 2016 9:15:39 AM

Everyday we face change and the fear change brings. Yet nervousness can quickly change to resistance if we do not take the time to slow down and think about changing with the situation. Imagine you are on a motorcycle approaching a bridge that has buckled upwards. Do you see a bridge out or a ramp to better things?

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

At C/D/H, we experience change as an on-going reality of the innovation process. Change is the norm in the technology world. We have embraced it by staying focused on serving our client’s needs and staying curious and passionate about technological advances. 

We have created an exercise for you to flex your change muscles that we have found useful for our own professional staff.

Take a look:

Learning from your own bridges and ramps from the past Think about what you were doing exactly ten years ago:

  • What were you doing in your career?
  • What were you doing in your home life?
  • What car did you drive?
  • Were you in college or high school?
  • What technology did you own and use back in 2005?

Now count how many things “changed” for you then to now.

Reflecting on all the changes that occurred during that time may leave you amazed at just how many there were! Some of those changes were of your choosing and some were thrust upon you. Some were good and some not so good! 

After reflecting on the changes – clearly you survived them – but beyond just survival – how many of those changes made you a better, stronger, wiser individual?

Hopefully your conclusion to this exercise is that change is a good and necessary step in our lives and without it we probably wouldn’t survive as a human race!

Topics: C/D/H