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Change management and the fear of all things new

Today is my anniversary. It was on this day exactly 12 months ago that I stepped onto that plane at my then local Tegal airport, Berlin, to make the move back to Sydney, Australia. And it’s so funny thinking back to that time. Since although I consider Sydney my true home, I was nevertheless semi-terrified (although obviously not showing it! :-P) after being 10 years in Berlin. It’s always the way isn’t it? I mean, that certainly wasn’t the first time I’ve moved around the world and it shouldn’t have been a scary thing since I didn’t have much to fear. My family and an awesome friend circle were here waiting for me in Sydney. I was about to meet the best girl ever. I was taking my job with me.

It just goes to show you how resistant to change we are as humans – it’s in our psyche.

And this happens everywhere. Why are we so naturally resistant to change? Whether it be at work trying to encourage colleagues or customers to adopt new technology or processes that will actually improve efficiency, transparency and output, or whether it’s completely personal. Why do we get bogged down with the ‘old stuff’ and fear the new? Although there might be a feeling of safety by staying with what’s tried and trusted instead of actively employing change as a methodology of daily life, it actually increases the danger to you as an individual, and certainly a company. As an individual you might not be exploring your true potential and pushing your boundaries, and as a company you may be left behind in the dust of others who embraced change.

It’s like Wayne Gretzy said “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” So although change can be intimidating, there’s no time like the present to try it out. Yes, it might not work out – but at least then you’ll know……right?

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