The inauguration is behind us, the women's march is done. So, what's next? Well, that is up to you and me. While it all seems to be over, it's really just beginning. That is how change works, whether we are happy about it or not. The window is wide open, and now is the time to act.
One reason I have come to love change is because IFwe are ready when the window opens, THEN we have much more opportunity to move our initiatives ahead. But there's an important first step that many of us forget to do...
That first and critical step is to articulate your emotions about the change. Even if your candidate won...and certainly if your candidate lost. Happy, sad, relieved, resigned, whatever they are. I vividly remember how I felt when I woke up on November 9th. I felt tired, sad, and frustrated. Tired, because I had just taught a Managing Corporate Change™ Course in Charlotte the day before, flew back home that evening and then stayed up another couple of hours watching the election results until early morning. Sad and frustrated because I was not excited about either candidate winning. But that is not the point.
Whether the candidate I voted for won or lost is not the point. The point is to figure out how to use the change for good. To use this change point and leverage it to deliver a good outcome and further our lives' purpose...for ourselves, our families, our businesses, our country, our world. But in order to do that we need to be able to clear our emotions and then be clear on what we stand for. A great way to help all of us do that is to follow the change management process we teach in Managing Corporate Change™.
We have seen all types of emotions being acted out over the past two + months post the election, and often it has been in a way harmful to others. This is what can happen when people need to clear emotions, but don't know how (or choose not to) in a responsible way. In our Managing Corporate Change™ workshop, we teach how to effectively clear emotions AND then invent possibilities, so you can get on to moving forward with what you need to do next. It's a model that can be applied to any change...personal, professional and even political.
So what's next for you? Interested in learning more? Contact me.