I asked the question above to one of my coworkers when they were bemoaning the constant change that has been happening and how so much has been lost. This question stunned them immediately and the retreat began on how changes had not only led to some loss (which it had) but the discussion also brought about realization and acknowledgement that the changes had also brought positive things and even gains to our work and lives. It is certainly easy to fall into a trap of longingly looking to the past and missing things as they were. However, it is a choice to be made to look at the possibilities that change can bring and embrace the many additions that it can bring. When remembering the past, we have tendency to reflect solely on the good pieces of our memories while suppressing the bad times or events that went with them.
As a leader in an organization, it’s important that we regard change not as a mechanism for loss, but as an opportunity to grow and expand our horizons. Share examples from your own change events that demonstrate this. These stories can be powerful tools to show a little of yourself while emphasizing the ultimate outcome that has happened to date.
Ralph Waldo Emerson captured this sentiment beautifully when he said:
“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
As we wrap this year please go ahead and add to your life through change!