In the last blog we examined our approach to change and how to get more comfortable with it. Perhaps even to find change exciting and full of possibility. We learned that accepting the challenge, allowing others to find it difficult, and being committed to seeing it through to the end are critical first steps in embracing change.
As we continue the topic of change, we will build on our attempts to look at change through a different lens. Change is always going to be with us. Life without change means life without growth. So let’s look again at change with this fresh perspective.
In the last two years at APS we have seen quite a bit of change. Our team outgrew our office space, so we moved to a bigger space. Then our team grew in depth and skills to the point where most days more than half the team is out in the field delivering services to early learning professionals across Oregon. We even had one team member relocate to Montana with her husband. Once again we found ourselves with only a couple of team members in the office on any given day. So APS has decided to move our office again to empower team members to work remotely and support our more distributed workforce.
Change is something we at APS have learned to embrace because we experience it regularly. These are some of the ways we have learned to support each other through change.
It's often easier to speak up regarding your own frustration surrounding change. But we have learned to value every team member as a crucial part of what makes us APS. And each person processes change differently. So we afford time at our weekly huddle to allow each person to vent or simply speak up about how they are doing with all the things going on in life. We have learned to be more compassionate toward each other as a result of these times of listening.
Give more hugs (be sure to ask first!)
One way that we learned to be more compassionate is to give more hugs. We are colleagues and teammates, but we are APS family as well. Sometimes the easiest way to express (and receive) empathy is by giving a hug or a pat on the shoulder. We found that just about everyone on the team was comforted by this, and as we developed deeper relationships and stronger friendships, a hug (or even a double hug) spoke volumes toward expressing empathy and care.
Sometimes a listening ear and a shoulder of comfort are all that's needed to assist another person with managing change. How do you manage change with your colleagues, teammates, and friends? What matters to you when change is pressing in? Do your colleagues know this about you?
Want to focus your attention on managing change within your organization? Consider taking “Change Management: Dealing with the Human Side of Change “ from our online campus.
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