Managing Change Can be Empowering
By Jill Adams
It is a New Year and a New Decade. Why not go beyond just making a list of resolutions to look at once in awhile to actively engage in “change management” and make this coming year and this decade be empowering for you?
Each year the Women’s Network Board schedules one of two yearly retreats. These retreats provide Board members an opportunity to delve into ideas for support and empowerment of the Women’s Network, its membership, offerings and processes. Board members gather together, enjoy dinner, a bit of camaraderie and get down to business. With a light heart and sincere desire they delve into ways to maintain and achieve greater fulfillment of the Network mission statement: “Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network – For Powerful, Personal & Professional Relationships.” Through the retreat process the Board is engaging proactive “change management.”
“Change management” is a systematic approach to dealing with change from both the perspective of an organization and on the individual level. For an organization, change management means defining and implementing procedures and/or technologies to deal with changes in the business environment and to profit from changing opportunities. “Change management” has at least three different aspects including adapting to change, controlling change and effecting change. A proactive approach to dealing with change is at the core of all three aspects.
Years ago I realized that my fear and resistance to change was simply not working for me. I decided to become proactive. Although it doesn’t necessarily feel safe, easy or comfortable, I’ve come to expect benefit, good outcome and even fun and adventure. Proactive change for me is a lifestyle choice. I discover and explore new territories within myself and transform my experience in the world. Through the process I have gained greater confidence in myself. What follows is some of what I’ve found helpful.
Wishing All a Year full of Productive Change increasing Joy, Well-Being and Prosperity for All!