Managing Change & TransitionPersonally & Organizationally Examining Yourself and Others When You Experience a Significant Change in Your Life
Stages of Transition Vision High 7 Integrating Losing Focus 1 6 Searching for Meaning 2 Mood Minimizing The Impact 5 Testing the Limits The Pit Low 4 3 Letting Go of the Past Onset Full Adaptation Change Life Stages: Growing Through Personal Transitions Sabina A Spencer & John D. Adams
Comparison of Ben Bissell with Spencer & Adams High 1 Losing Focus 1 Shock or Denial Integrating 2 Flood of Emotions (usually anger) Searching for Meaning Mood 2 Minimizing The Impact 3 Bargaining Testing the Limits 5 Acceptance (intellectual/emotional) 4 Depression (grief) Low Letting Go of the Past 3 The Pit Ben Bissell: Managing Change and Transition Sabina Spencer & John Adams: Life Changes: Growing Through Personal Transitions
Managing Change & TransitionDr. Ben Bissell • The Dynamics of Change • More change more rapidly than any other time • SEE (Significant Emotional Event) • Personal • Professional • Five Stages • Shock (or denial) • Flood of Emotion (usually anger) • Bargain • Depression (grief) • Acceptance (intellectual/emotional)
Dynamics of Change • It takes 1 ½ years minimum to work through five stages • The results of not dealing with change within 2 years: • Burnout and will quit job • Become difficult • Become emotionally or physically ill • Change is normal and necessary • You must worry about those who get stuck in a stage
Dealing With Change • Recognize that what is happening is normal • Employees will not move through stages quicker than managers • All low morale is an anger problem • All change produces fear • During times of change all perceptions are distorted – therefore increase information flow • “Tell the truth and you don’t have to have as nearly as good a memory” -- Mark Twain
Build A Support System • Keep as many things familiar as possible • People need stability when going through change • Grieving is normal and necessary • Build a new support system of those who will help
Coping With the Stress of Change • Take care of yourself – physically and emotionally • Be aware of the warning signals • A Body Part • Breathing • Eating Pace • Sleeping Pattern • You must have some time to be a child again • You must take time to play!