Change is constant and the rate of change is accelerating.
While change is our constant companion some people seem to adjust to it more readily than others.
How do you match up with the approaches outlined below? Get a better appreciation of how you and others deal with change. Are you future-ready?
The DISC Framework gives us greater clarity.
Change from the perspective of Dominance (Outgoing/Task-oriented)??????D-Style
???A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.?????Wayne Gretzky ??? ice hockey icon
That statement underlines how individuals with a preference for Dominant behaviour views the future. They anticipate change and work to be a step ahead. In fact, D-Style users extend much thought and energy to actually bring about change.
There is a sense that progress can best be achieved by disrupting the present situation in positive ways. Apple disrupted how business was done in the telephone, camera and watch industries with the iPhone. That is celebrated D-Style thinking.
Going ahead of change and venturing to chart a different future is risky. Gretzky might guess wrong and be left stranded. Your future-ready venture might flop. You may also sacrifice the tried and proven in your attempt to pre-empt the future.
D-Style future-readiness thinking is risky!
Change from the perspective of Inducement (Outgoing/People-oriented)????????I ???Style
The future is seen as an amazing adventure from the I-Style perspective. It is one gigantic action movie being played out in 3-D and living colour. Individuals who crave new experiences and are excited by opportunities to create and innovate embrace change. Like the D-Style, they are motivated to inspire change and to rally others to come on board.
New events provide new experiences and opportunities to learn from them. Merely classifying them into good or bad, misses the point. It is more useful to ensure that you take something beneficial from your experiences into the future. I-Style users picture the brighter side.
I-Style out-of-the-box thinking and relaxed approach might make you feel uncomfortable if you tend to be more reserved and formal. However, that approach has been responsible for revolutionary ideas like mobile phones with built-in cameras that facilitated the selfie phenomenon.
Change from the perspective of Steadiness (Reserved/People-oriented)??????S-Style
Individuals with a preference for moving forward at a measured pace and along tried and proven paths tend to view change with resignation.
They fully appreciate that change is inevitable. There is an ingrained tendency to accept life???s ups and downs and change is viewed in that light. The need for some change is questioned. Not all change is deemed necessary at this time. There is also a desire to discuss proposed change and to arrive at consensus before rushing into action.
Many failures could have been avoided with more patient dialogue. Similarly, much pain and anguish could have been spared with more timely and comprehensive communication about impending change.
The S-Style tends to internalize matters and consequently, disruptions tend to have more significant and lasting impact.
Change from the perspective of Conscientiousness (Reserved/Task-oriented)??????C-Style
Planning, structure, guidelines and compliance are key characteristics of the C-Style. Unplanned, play-it-by-ear change is really a no-no.??The thinking is that so much more can be achieved with thoughtful planning, marshalling of resources and effective execution.
The indecent haste to tear-down or to replace is wasteful and the cause of much conflict and unnecessary complications. On the other hand, the reliance on data-gathering and analysis slows response to change and can have negative impact.
Which style best fits your views on change? Is your style ideal for your situation going forward?
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Trevor E S Smith is a Director of the Success with People Academy home the SHRM-accredited??Certified Behavioural Coach award??(now enrolling) and??3-D Team Leader Certification: Leading Difficult, Dominant and Diverse Personalities.??Earn SHRM Professional Development Credits.
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