This week I signed off on the final proof of my latest publication for Ark Group, to be titled Implementing an Effective Change Management Strategy.
Producing this report was an exciting and humbling experience. Change permeates every aspect of our lives, but of course it's most keenly felt during those life-change times: marriage, divorce, birth of children, death in family, moving house, the list goes on. In the workplace, you don't have to look far to see some sort of change going on, from small shifts in procedure to major restructures, closures or acquisitions.
I had the privilege of interviewing some of the world's current thought leaders on change, and they each had a fascinating insight into this subject that affects us all and baffles many of us. There were also some recurring themes and sage advice for organisations - and individuals in their own lives - to learn to embrace change and make it the new "normal".
One concept I particularly liked is "constant weeding"; continually making small adjustments to adapt to the ever-changing conditions around us. We're not static. Life doesn't stand still. Moving with the changes around us, being as flexible as we can and accepting what is, can make us more resilient and able to perform at our peak when larger changes come into our lives.
There's plenty of research to suggest that organisations that practise constant weeding - even though they probably don't use that term - are more "change-ready", and are more likely to say "bring it on!" than fall to pieces and lose productivity and people along the way.
Being aware of the environment and making incremental change can safeguard both you and your business. Become a "constant weeder" and make change just another part of the way you operate.