John Simone, Sr. once said, “If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.” Change is inevitable and it does not come easy for many people.
It can be extremely difficult however; change is part of everyday living. It should be expected and anticipated. When speaking about change one author said, “Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope – a slight change, and all patterns alter.” The smallest changes can create a new direction. This may be why some are reluctant to change.
The process of change can cause a sense of insecurity. Why is that! Why is it so difficult for businesses, organizations, charity groups, churches and congregations to make changes in their organization and structure?
Change calls for adjustments.
Alterations in a well-known behavior are not always simple. New adaptations can be extremely uncomfortable and unwanted. When a happy couple has their first child this calls for major reconstruction. The couple that had each other’s undivided attention are now involved in sharing their time and attention with another. Adjustment with the birth of a child can bring contentment but that does not mean that the change is easy.
Change can create a “funeral-like” environment.
What once was is no more. This is like a death. Anytime a death takes place it calls for a time of mourning and readjustment. This is not only true with humans; this is also true for organizations. The death of certain patterns of behavior is just that – a death. This introduces feelings of loss and sadness for some. This type of behavior cannot be ignored if an organization expects to have a healthy future. It would be beneficial to acknowledge changes that create a sense of loss. To completely ignore these feelings would be destructive for any organization. Anatole France said, “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”
Change can create an environment of insecurity.
Because a change introduces a new direction or a new idea there will be those who are not comfortable with the new direction. Change breaks an established pattern and erodes the established foundation of an organization. This creation of insecurity is why teamwork and the establishment of working together are essential. A strong team can help counter the feelings of insecurity due to the changes that have taken place.
Some changes are never accepted.
Even when a change produces good results and a positive direction there are some who will never jump on board. This type of action should be expected. When it happens this calls upon the leaders of the team to take charge with a positive attitude and to become pro-active. There are people and organizations that would rather close their operation down than to make the changes necessary to survive. This sounds ridiculous however, this is the very reason some businesses go bankrupt and some volunteer groups and churches close. The idea of changing for some people is far more painful than death. That sounds weird, but the facts are that some organizations would be thriving today if they had been willing to move through a process of change. Change can be extremely positive if handled in a healthy fashion. I recall one leader saying, “Change always comes bearing gifts.”
One last thought…….
Change just for the sake of change is not positive behavior. However, change in the right direction can produce tremendous success! John Wooden said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”