Change Happens

by Sandy Nelson on October 26, 2011

Here’s the thing about change—it happens.

In the world we live in, it not only happens, but it happens rapidly, constantly, and dramatically. The truth is, in terms of externally actuated change, there’s not a lot we can do about it other than decide how we will choose to engage and dance with it.

All too often, we perceive change as a threat. It disrupts our flow, asks us to adopt and master new practices, and leaves the door open to uncertainties that we are not so certain we can effectively manage.

We find ourselves in a competitive environment that thrives on continuous and disruptive innovation. And, innovation is change. If we resist and retrench, opportunities are lost and horizons of possibility restricted. If we develop our capacity to see and engage with change as a gateway to innovation, we open to a world of infinite possibility.

Curiously enough, this pull between protecting what is and extending toward continuous innovation defines a push-pull dynamic that parallels the core dilemma we described in our lives outside work—we are drawn to change, and we are resistant to change.

Keep this pull in mind, during whatever changes you might be undergoing!

Sandy Nelson

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