Change isn’t always about a choice. Chances are great you’ve experienced a workplace shift. How you choose to navigate the forces of change will have something to do with the outcome.
For hundreds of years or more, humans have been expanding their communities.
Communities once invested in rail service to bring desirable change to the people of a town. It formed a connection.
They built pathways, roads, and bridges. If not a bridge, then a raft, a canoe, or a boat. They have successfully linked people through transportation and technology.
Change is always happening around us. Sometimes change is a choice, in other cases the only choice is how you’ll choose to react to change.
Workplace change has both external and internal forces.
Externally we can be forced to change by technology, government regulations, and the conditions of the economy. Even popular values, social needs, and a pandemic.
Inside the walls of the organization change may happen because of leadership directives, workforce demographics, and performance failures.
It doesn’t take much to spark a workplace shift.
A choice that everyone has is connected to how he or she will respond to the shift.
When you think of the shift that is happening now in your workplace is there an opportunity to connect? Can you connect the people with the process or establish a more meaningful connection with the customer?
More often than not, when a connection is formed everyone benefits.
Change is an opportunity for enhancing the right connections. It may not make sense by rail, by boat, or by plane, but it still may make sense.
Force can launch a shift, and the opportunity created by the shift can also launch a force.
It seems that opportunity in change is still about choice.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.