Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change



I agree strongly
I sort of agree
I kind of disagree
I strongly disagree
I don’t know or care
1. We welcome change. It’s an opportunity to improve our performance. 1 2 3 4 5
2. We’re satisfied with our progress in getting the results we need. 1 2 3 4 5
3. We’re confident our strategies will achieve the results we need. 1 2 3 4 5
4. We all share common goals and each feel responsible for our success. 1 2 3 4 5
5. We trust each other, work well together and have good team spirit. 1 2 3 4 5
6. Our group communicates well with themselves and others. 1 2 3 4 5
7. Our staff sees “Big Picture”, own our goals & do their best to achieve success. 1 2 3 4 5
8. We think fast. We solve problems creatively. We work effectively. 1 2 3 4 5
9. We do what we say we’ll do-on time and well. We handle the details. 1 2 3 4 5
10. We’re very certain about our future success. 1 2 3 4 5

What your score means:
If you scored under 12, you’re modeling excellence.
If you scored between 12 and 25, you’re getting there but not fast enough.
If you scored over 25, consider the price of continuing in your old ways.
Score: ________

Most of us know when things are not working in our organizations. Symptoms such as: declining staff morale; staff apathy; staff turnover; severe financial pressures; radical shifts or declines in the demand for programs and services; criticism of the organization from the community, may be signals that change is due.

They say that the only ones who welcome change are babies when their diapers are wet! Change in our lives is inevitable. Some of us undergo radical changes every few years or so–changing jobs, moving to new locations, changing partners, changing hairstyles, changing vehicles, changing our eating patterns when we diet, changing our lives when we exercise, so why is it we resist change when it occurs in our workplace?

To make transitions from your current condition, whatever the change may be to a new system it is necessary to identify those factors, which might either facilitate or inhibit any change effort. These obstacles and supports may come from within the organization or from an external environment. In either case the one area that is overlooked in the change process are the people. Change and the rate of change is occurring so rapidly in today’s economy that we seldom have the time to stop to recognize the impacts it has on one of our most valuable resources – our employees. Every day on the news or in the newspaper we hear of another corporate merger or restructure, seldom do we hear about the people who this has effected. If we are to continue to expect the most from our employees we need to take time to understand what change does to them and assist them in minimizing their distress and disruptions which the change may have caused.

If you are interested in discussing ways to assist your employees gain the skills to cope and be effective during times of change, please call Monika B. Jensen at (905)-683-9953 for a consultation or to arrange a workshop.

Managers do the same thing all over the world…
The way they do it is different
Peter Drucker

TO CHANGE OR NOT TO CHANGE?

To grow is to change… I am always taken aback by the sight of a small perfect feather lying on the ground. Yellow, red, blue, soft white and brilliant green. Nearly every day my parrots surprise me with a delightful gift. The moulted feathers cover the floor of my home as if a confetti parade has passed through. Coloured feathers of various shapes and hues litter the ground and dance with the slightest breeze.

What must it be like to have beauty in such excess and at such readiness that one can spread that beauty at the feet of admirers?

Moulting is a time of rejuvenation & growth for healthy parrots. Would that my own growth was as steady and yielded such consistent results. Sometimes a moulted feather reveals an imperfection, a jagged edge, or a bent shaft. I envy the birds that shed their baggage easily. A fresh new shaft filled with the plasma of life, colour, insulation and flight replaces each old feather. If old attitudes, bad habits and outdated discriminations could only be shed so regularly in the human race. Imagine each old prejudice or remembered injustice being replace by new, fresh, promising energy.

Excess beauty that floats to the ground, a multitude of textures that tickle, brighten and protect. My parrots prove every day that growth involves discarding the old, replacing it with the new.

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