As we head into the change of season and I notice the weather turning warmer (well slightly warmer for Melbourne that is!), I reflect on the past year that brought us here. The past year has been all about change. I remember the change that my family had to deal with –we welcomed a new baby into the house, moved to be closer to my work, my daughter started school for the first time and I returned to work after 4 months off for maternity leave. These are all really big changes in our family. My partner and I showed leadership together to ensure that the changes we were going through as a family brought us closer as a unit, and our 6 year old daughter knew that her ‘rock’ was us as a family –one thing that would stay constant for her during the change events.
We have a philosophy in our family that no matter where we are living, or what change we are going through –as long as we do it all together. It’s not the change that counts so much, but the way that we navigate the change together and come out the other side as a stronger family unit.
Change teaches us about ourselves, how we handle life and that things in life won’t always go as you planned. You have to be able to bend and weave through the change to come out stronger and learn something about yourself. Let go of the outcome, and enjoy the change process I say……and having a ‘plan B’ ready in the wings doesn’t go astray!!
I approach change in our business the same way. We faced some pretty big changes last year as a leadership group. My work team are my family too. When we go through these business changes I want to make sure that every member of my team makes it through the change and we come out the other side stronger as a unit.
We have more change to come, and always will. The business we see before us must be cost competitive and we must “think like business owners” every day. What I am most pleased about as a leader is that my work team is strong. They are experienced, smart and capable –willing to grow and learn. I know they will handle the change that will be coming our way next year –calmly and professionally.
How do you handle change? I’m keen to hear your views and tips on facing change…