The Monday Playbook: How to Survive Change


» The average employee is facing significantly more change at work but is far less likely to support those changes.

The number of planned “enterprise” changes (restructures for efficiency, cultural transformations, or the replacement of a legacy tech system) for the average employee rose from 2 in 2016 to 10 in 2022. The willingness of employees’ to support such changes, meanwhile, fell from 74% in 2016 to 43% in 2022. (Source: HBR and Gartner)


» Winning Words

I am not now
That which I have been

Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.

(aka, Washington Irving), Tales of a Traveler

Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.

Address accepting the nomination of the Republican National Convention, 8/23/56


» 3 Key Plays

1. Change when you should (changes you need but could avoid)

It’s easy to view change as an enemy, especially when we become preoccupied with protecting or advancing our personal agendas. The better choice is to embrace change when it’s needed for the overall good, even if we could selfishly fight it or avoid it.

2. Change when you must (changes you can’t avoid)

As leaders, we might have no choice but to change operations because of events outside of our control (a global pandemic, for instance). Or as employees, we might have no option but to use a new software program. We can, however, bloom where we are planted and control the things we can control like our attitude and effort.

3. Resist when change is inappropriate (Changes you should avoid)

There are times when a proposed change requires us to quit on the spot. At other times, there may be nothing illegal or immoral involved but we fundamentally disagree with a change in direction. Perhaps we just need to look for a graceful exit. If we know our values, they will put us on the right course.

» What changes are you dealing with and how can you better manage them?

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