For years I have been experiencing the challenges
of change and I have always welcomed these challenges. It never
dawned on me that not everyone feels as I do when those challenges
are thrust upon them.
Challenge as defined in the dictionary - is to query, to question,
to confront - yet when we look at the word Challenging - the
definition is inspiring, stimulating, thought provoking, worthwhile.
It appears that perception could be the winner of this battle
with words and how to cope with those Challenges of Change could
be based on our perception.
I speak to audiences across the country and many in my audience
are in transition. Some are experiencing the challenges of Mergers
and Acquisitions. Some are being downsized, given an early retirement
package, or choosing to move to another field of endeavor. Some
are students, considering career choices; some are new graduates
seeking gainful employment. All are in the challenges of change.
When I challenge my audience I ask them for three things -
it’s what I call our W3.
W1 Who are you?
W2 What do you need?
W3 What are you willing to share?
By giving some thought to your W3 - your perception
will change and all of a sudden you not only have a need, you
have a gift that can be incredibly valuable to someone in your
network.. The challenge you have is to become excited about
the changes, and not to become fixated on your own needs. The
challenges of change can be the most exciting and exhilarating
time in your life - it gives you the chance to sit back, examine
and reflect on what is important to you, and to draft a plan
that will lead you to your ultimate destination.
The journey is one you need not take alone. There are many
coaches, trainers and facilitators who can help you determine
your needs and act as a guide as you move forward. But first
you must determine that you are ready to take that first step
- the one that says - I am inspired, stimulated and I look forward
to the challenging journey before me.
Our clients must not only be inspired, they must be willing
to work as we guide them along their path to a successful change
in their situation. Somehow, we have become what we call a Corporate
Guidance Counselors. Our clients, many of whom have been in
my audiences around the world, are now seeking guidance for
many of their challenges - and because of our methods of handling
those challenges, the changes are positive, profitable and profound.
We have developed a process that not only provides us with
the information we need, it provides the client with the insight
they need about themselves to move forward, to focus on their
challenges and to find the best path to take them on their journey
While it might sound rather hard to believe, we all know what
we want in life, it just takes a little time to put it into
words that can generate a plan of action. As a guide, a mentor
if you like - our role is to help you design that action plan
and to help you avoid the pitfalls that might otherwise stop
you from reaching your destination.
The tools we use include mind mapping and determining your
communication style. We uncover the skills and talents that
many of you take for granted. Our first session is taped so
that you can refer to it when you begin your follow through
on your action plan. We ask you to fill out a Mind Map which
is available on our web site in advance - this helps us, help
The questions on the AHA Mind Map include:
• What do I like to do?
• What am I good at?
• What are my strengths?
• What are my weaknesses?
• What are my hobbies/interests?
• What associations do I belong to?
• Whom do I know – who are my friends associates,
neighbors - whom do they know?
• What special skills do I have?
• Am I a volunteer, do I have a charity of choice?
• What is my wildest dream, if money, time and talent
had no bearing on my dream
If you are experiencing the challenges of change and you want
to focus on the journey of self discovery, that will take to
get to your next destination - do your W3 and fill out a Mind
Map - you will be amazed at what you learn about yourself.
On your journey, learn to think laterally - there is more
than one way to get to your destination. For those who find
it difficult to determine just what lateral thinking is all
about - imagine that you have locked yourself out of your house
- what do you do? Ask your friends and neighbors what they would
do in a similar situation - you will be amazed at the number
of answers that differ from what you would do… That, my
friends, is a simple definition of lateral thinking - there
is always more than one way to get in the door!
To accept the challenges and make the necessary changes, following
are the steps to take:
Develop a plan
Whatever your needs, they are best satisfied by developing
a strategy. Your plan should include what you want to accomplish
and what organizations or associations would best satisfy the
plan’s execution. Remember your W3 - what are you willing
Research the people you hope to contact
Who do you know? Who do they know? What do you have
in common? People like people, who are like themselves. Remember
Learn to listen
Don’t dominate the conversation. Find out the
needs of others. Don’t try to sell - find out what people
want to buy. It’s easier to fill a need, than to create
one. Share your resources.
Learn to network effectively
Determine your communication style. Use that knowledge
wisely, team up with others who have the strengths you lack,
it makes networking more effective. Remember your W3!
Find out the best way to communicate with those you
meet and follow up promptly. Try and find your common denominator
with everyone, use caution when following up, make sure you
have a gift of someone or something that will be valuable to
the receiver. Make sure your meeting is memorable and that your
follow up solidifies that meeting.
Make sure you get a return on your investment. Follow
the plan; keep in
touch with your guide, report on your progress and record your
Success in the challenges of change is when preparedness meets
opportunity. Being prepared is the single most important part
of your challenge. Where you go and who you work with is up
to you. Don’t try and do everything yourself. Join a support
group, take a refresher course, ask for help - trade talents.
It’s okay to sell your strengths and buy your weaknesses.
If you would like more information, visit our website at www.connectuscanada.com
and begin your journey. Our Corporate Guidance Counsellor program
works with you, we help you develop the plan, research your
needs, make introductions, determine your communication style
and guide you on your journey of discovery. We will even take
you on a “Walk Through The Forest” - which helps
us determine where you’ve been, where you are, and where
you are going. It’s a trip you won’t want to miss!