Deal with change

100 words dspChange happens.  Accepting, responding and guiding are leadership responses.  Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus observed, “Nothing endures but change.”1 Yet we all resist change.  Personal needs for security and stability vary.  Uncertainty, misunderstandings, self-interest and differences of opinion hold us back.  Be prepared to deal with change.  Move from avoidance to acceptance.  Reframe the question.  Rather than asking, “Why is this happening to me?” – a defensive question – ask, “What opportunities will this provide?,  What problems will this solve? and What can I do to help?”2 You cannot influence the change of which you are not a part.  Be involved.  Stay relevant.
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1 R. D. Hicks, trans., (1925), Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Harvard University Press, section 9.8.
2 Donald R. Clark (2008), Leadership and Change.  article link   as of 14 April 14.

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