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5 Tips for Managing Yourself During Change: Part 1 Emotions

Change is always happening, but there are some periods in the life of an organization where its impact may be felt more acutely. Some fear these times, but a leader knows that change is inevitable. While workloads and transitions may cause stress, a leader needs to keep her head, in order to assist others and set a good example of how to thrive with change. These first five tips center on a key aspect of self-control: the ability to monitor one's emotions.
 
1. As leaders, we are expected to model appropriate responses to change. Others in the organization look to us to see how we react to workplace change. Because of this, we have to remember to stay in control of our actions and attitudes.
 
2. Avoid negative self-talk. Rephrase thoughts of resentment or fear into thoughts of individual growth and opportunity.
 
3. Be open about your concerns. Chances are that everyone is feeling some level of fear, just like you are. Allow others to understand your frame of mind, but don't focus on negatives.
 
4. Be realistic about the challenges of successfully coping with the change. Keep your tone light and be humble about what you don't know.
 
5. Work on being a leader. Transition periods are when leaders are formed. Use email to keep your group appraised on the status of key initiatives and how they're personally helping the company. Quick, informative notes will help you to keep focused, and help your group feel connected.
 
 

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