How Adapting to Change Moves You from ‘Stuck’ to ‘Getting Stuck In’
Being able to respond positively and adapt to sudden changes gives you a competitive edge – developing staff skills, boosting morale and getting everyone fired up for what’s next.
How can resilience support your goals to establish successful and sustained change?
Release of Capacity
By investing in resilience, you release your capacity to adapt and mitigate the challenges that come with organisational change. You are able to embrace change and remain adaptable, resourceful and energised no matter the situation.
Proactive Management of Challenges & Issues
Living the resilient way means you consistently evaluate your capacity and anticipate potential bumps in the road ahead. You can then work proactively to smooth them out before they become bigger problems.
With higher resilience, you are better equipped to deal with the demands you face when adapting to change without being hijacked by a negative stress reaction. This enables you to be resourceful and productive in any situation.
Increased Perspective Leading To Better Decision Making
Resilience enables you to gain perspective by taking in different points of view; offering better understanding and more options. By expanding your options of how to do things and assessing the feasibility of these options, you are empowered to make better decisions.
Choose a resilience journey that fits what you need.
MerchantCantos experienced rapid high growth. Here’s how we supported their female leaders in resilience to manage this complex change.
Our services enabled MerchantCanto’s female leaders to see their resilience and recognise a common purpose in leading through change.
- The Resilience Dynamic® Questionnaire enabled participants to increase their awareness of their own resilience. One participant noted, “My resilience has positively changed as a result of this. Firstly, I now know what it means so I can measure it.”
- Individual debrief sessions with coaches helped participants to gain insight into their resilience strengths and opportunities, widening “self-awareness especially in relation to purpose and goals.”
We facilitated deeper dives into resilience to grow understanding within the female leadership team.
- Two workshops were put in place to share and explore aspects of resilience among the group.
- As strong trust already existed across the group, these workshops could explore in-depth resilience barriers and drivers.
- Participants benefited greatly from the theory and tools explored in the workshops, finding “the supporting material excellent, […] informative and yet another layer of understanding to integrate”
The group of female leaders at MerchantCantos put their learning into practice, helping to support resilience and wellbeing across the wider organisation.
- With an increased understanding of resilience, the group began to explore putting the theory into practice to optimise resilience across teams.
- They created a plan for resilience and wellbeing, incorporating: better processes of communication between departments, better planning of capacity vs demand, and support for wellbeing initiatives
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I now ensure I recognise the essentials of resilience and ensure I look to acknowledge them and consider them when I plan my life.
Is your workforce struggling to adapt to change?
Saying yes, but no delivery
With lower resilience, you lose your ability to discern when something is important/urgent and allow more trivial tasks to infiltrate your workload. You often wish to please others and say ‘yes’ to lots of requests. As a result, your capacity for implementing change is squeezed. The consequence? Overload but no impact.
Continual re-hashing of the plan
Procrastination, the biggest impact of the negative stress reaction, is often the cause behind the rehash of plans. The real reasons behind the failure of the original plan are lack of clarity, lack of foresight, lack of confidence in the creators of the plan, and poor influencing skills – all of which happen with low resilience.
Resitance to new ideas
No capacity for adapting to change means no capacity for learning – shift this through resilience. Increase capacity and optimise learning capability, one of the top enablers of resilience, to help your people manage workplace change and open up to new projects and processes.
Adapting to Change FAQs
How are resilience and change connected?
Resilience is your capacity for change. So resilience and change are almost interchangeable. To illustrate the kinds of ways you will observe this. If your people are at Coping, whilst sufficiently healthy, they will not have the capacity for any significant change, only that which already lies within their comfort zone. This means no learning, no innovation etc. The only way to achieve real lasting change is to invest in resilience & wellbeing!
What Resilience Dynamic solution is best suited to improving adaptability?
Our Dashboard Enterprise solution includes key Dashboard features for personal resilience but also brings in the Resilience Tracker. The Tracker offers a way to see your daily resilience demands vs capacity and energy, helping you to identify patterns and triggers which may be impacting your capacity to adapt.
Are you saying that by investing in resilience, we will manage change better?
Exactly, yes. So planning change needs to account for the demand level this will place into the workforce versus whether there is sufficient capacity to meet that demand. If there is not, the result will be slow or unsuccessful change; further people’s wellbeing will suffer and so any idea of sustained productivity flies out of the window! Resilience underpins all of this sustainability.