We live in an ever-changing society. What is considered “normal” in 2019 was not considered normal in 2009 and will most certainly not be normal in 2029. Change is inevitably everywhere. There is nowhere you can hide or run from change and in the end the question shouldn’t be why change but rather be: “how can I position myself for success in an ever-changing world”?
Why embrace change?
To consider change objectively we have to acknowledge everywhere change plays a part. This can be remarkable if you incline your thoughts in this direction, change is present all around us, for example:
- Financial Products – In the past product disclosures were limited and today we have transparent and innovative solutions available, which is absolutely in the interest of the client
- Financial Advice – Today we have tools available to enable us to provide advice based on scenario planning where we consider different outcomes and historic data
- Technology – Clients have access to information on their finger tips through apps and the internet
- Global Village – We live in a global village today where we have access to the latest news all over the globe therefore impacting investment decisions
Individuals and businesses whom do not accommodate daily change may end up disconnected from products, customers, the market and unable to compete under current trading conditions.
How to embrace change?
After establishing the need to embrace change you need to understand the practical skills required to change. Consider the following:
Adapt or die. You will be pleased to know that adaptability is a skill you can learn with the help of practice. Day to day this entails letting your brain run with multiple scenarios in the face of a challenge.
Having a positive attitude towards yourself, others and in the face of adversity forms an integral part of resilience. This goes hand in hand with having the finances and infrastructure to accommodate change in your work environment.
UNDERSTANDING & INTERPRETING DATA
Data is the world’s richest commodity and therefore we should utilize it. Identifying patterns and trends will not only improve your adaptability but also help you to see possibility of change and growth.
Let’s be honest, if you want to thrive not only in your workplace but in life you need to communicate effectively. Whether you are communicating with 1 or 100 people your message should not only be clear but also have the desired impact. Effective communication is not obstructed by culture, environment, background, industry etc. but rather thrives in spite of all these possible challenges. You can improve your communication skills by observing how others communicate and then work on your own technique.
There will always be problems. If you can teach yourself the skill of remaining positive, willing to be flexible and determined in the face of a challenge, you will be able to handle change like a pro.
Change opens the floor for opportunities. If you take responsibility for your knowledge through continuous learning you will be able to spot and take advantage of change that bring opportunities.
If you want to be successful in an ever-changing world you have to improve your adaptability, resilience, understanding and interpreting data, problem solving and responsibility. It is no secret that the majority of us find change intimidating, but the good news is that you can equip yourself to be ready for change. In the words of John Maxwell “Change is inevitable, Growth is optional.”