Embrace Change in 2010
If you, like me, are a student of change, you are probably familiar with the Bridges model and the Kotter model. Both classics.
But how about the Satirmodel?
Virginia Satir was a family therapist and author whose understanding of the process of change has found a home in the world of coaching and software engineering.
Blogger Steven. M. Smith provides a well-illustrated summary of the Satir model, and blogger David Cheong relates it to his personal change journey.
In his piece called "Embrace change, your life depends on it," Cheong says: "...change is always scary. Yet, it is the Secret to Success."
The Secret to Success! Great point.
So as you look ahead to this new year and formulate your goals and intentions, here are some thoughts on embracing change to achieve success.
Challenge - Satir identified the role of a Foreign Element in triggering change. The foreign element can be an idea, a person, or an action that destabilizes your status quo and threatens your comfort. What foreign element can you embrace to start the unfreezing movement toward change?
Happening - You may have heard this old saying: "Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what has happened." How do you become the person who makes things happen?
Agent of Change - You may have heard the phrase "agent of change" but have you thought of yourself that way? An agent of change understands "agency" and sees change as taking initiative to make things happen.
Radicalize - The word "radical" gets a bad rap when people use it to mean extreme or fanatical. Go to the dictionary, and we find that originally radical meant "having roots." So radicalize your embrace of change by asking yourself, What are the roots of my vision, my calling, my passion?
Go - While planning to change is important --and you should assess risk, gather data and analyze options-- don't get stuck there. Do. Move. Act. Take the risk. And see what happens.
Engage - And don't go it alone. Partner up. Collaborate. Synergize with others.
Satir, in her understanding of the process of change, recognized that, at some point in the chaos, there is an "aha moment" where a Transforming Idea emerges, an idea that re-orders things, that alters your vision, an idea that leads to a breakthrough.
To your transformation! and your success!
Posted by Terrence Seamon, Jan 13, 2010