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Managing Change in your personal or professional life

Managing Change in your personal or professional life

Managing Change in your personal or professional life

It is human nature to fear change. Neuro research has found that our brain reacts to uncertainty in the same way it reacts to an error. This explains why our initial reaction to change is resistance. However, we cannot avoid change as it is fundamental for growth and success.

As necessary as it may be, fronting change can cause a lot of disruption to individuals and business. If you are about to encounter a change, resist the urge to resist and take a moment to contemplate these 15 ways to manage change. Remember “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.”- Winston Churchill.

 

  1. Understand What You Can Control
    It is unlikely that you will have complete control but ask yourself if there is anything (even the smallest thing) that you can do to feel more in control. For example, your company is downsizing, you will be moved to a new building where your workspace will be significantly reduced. You do not have control over this, but you can sort through and reorganise your workspace.
  2. Be Proactive
    Be proactive about anything that is within your control. Start by setting some goals or making a list of what action is needed to get results. The more prepared you are the less overwhelmed you will feel.
  3. A positive Attitude Changes Everything
    There is always a silver lining, no matter how small. It is very easy and almost natural to dwell on the negatives, but this headspace will cause resistance which is counterproductive. Take a moment to really deliberate a positive in your scenario, this will take a weight off you to help your mindset as you navigate your change. A lot of the time it is not as bad as it first seems, we just fear the unknown.
  4. Accept And Acknowledge
    Whether you like it or not, the change is going to happen. Recognising and accepting the change is the most productive way to move forward. It might not be comfortable to begin with, but you will get used to it. The sooner you accept the change the smoother the transition will be.
  5. Familiarise And Be Flexible
    Begin familiarising yourself as soon as possible. This does not mean you need to be completely across the change overnight. If it is in the workplace, take action to be a part of the change, introduce yourself to the new manager, visit your new office, look over the new business model- the sooner you are familiar, the sooner you will be comfortable. Understand that not everything is going to go to plan and recognise that there will be challenging times and feelings of uncertainty and frustration. Be flexible throughout the transition process and adopt an agreeable attitude- this will help you manage the teething phase.
  6. Take One Systematic Step At A Time
    Approach change slowly but steadily. Changing too much at once will leave you feeling overwhelmed. Prioritise each action that must be taken to achieve the outcome and work down the list. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  7. Go Easy On Yourself
    If you are undergoing a big change in the workplace, be patient with yourself. No manager will expect overnight success during a large change initiative. To reduce your overall stress levels, accept that it will take time to and understand that no one will, or should, expect immediate change.
  8. Ask Productive Questions
    Again, keeping a positive mindset is fundamental to a smooth transition. Write out all your questions, when you have finished cross out any that begin with a ‘Why’, as these are resistance questions. Put the remaining questions into two categories. The first being ‘productive questions I can ask myself’, and positively framed questions ‘logistic questions to ask management”. Spend time reflecting on any questions you have through a change, you have the full focus of leadership, this is a time to shine. The better quality questions you ask the more informed you will be’.
  9. Communication Is Fundamental
    Keeping these proactive questions in mind, communicate with management, co-workers and team leaders about the change. The better quality of questions you ask, the more familiar you will become, and the more confident you feel. Remember to be positive and constructive in your approach.
  10. Find Your Purpose
    Take time to celebrate your skills, successes and the value you add. Don’t loose yourself during this uncertain time.
  11. Be Considerate
    Be conscious that the change will affect other people in different ways. Don’t get wrapped up in the politics or with those that are resisting that change. Keep yourself positive and connect with supportive peers that are embracing the change.
  12. Keep Up Your Motivation
    Continue to do your job to the best of your ability. You will be notified if the work you are doing will change so don’t sit back and wait for direction. You will make a good impressive if you don’t you the transition period as an excuse to be idle.
  13. Yourself A Break
    It is going to be stressful and overwhelming at times. It is important to manage that stress. During the process of change, put some time aside each day to have some ‘you’ time to relax and unwind. Having something to look forward to each day makes a world of difference. I would also recommend taking a close look at your nutrition and water intake over the stressful period and trial some relaxation techniques such as meditation to clear your head.
  14. Seek Support
    The uncertainty of change can trigger anxiety and emotional stress in some. It is important to confront these feelings and find support in someone you are comfortable with, whether that be a family member, friend or trained professional.
  15. Remember ‘The Only Constant Is Change’
    While it is important to accept, acknowledge and familiarise yourself with the change. Keep in mind that the only constant is change. Don’t get too comfortable with the new order, remain flexible and open to new ideas and ways to achieve.

 

Ferne Eliz King

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Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and you leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow .
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Increase your chance of business success post COVID

Increase your chance of business success post COVID

Increase your chance of business success post COVID

There is no crystal ball. We don’t know how long this pandemic is going to last. At the moment it is all guess work. We can only speculate which industries will thrive, or what the short and long term implications post 2020/2021 will have on business around the world.

One thing we know is that COVID-19 is influencing a new normal and it is safe to say our world is and will be different as an outcome.

Since we can only make predictions; flexibility and innovation are of upmost importance to business survival. Companies have to overcome challenges quickly and seize opportunities – quickly and in some cases completely reinvent their business operations.

 

Your Consumers are Everything

Observe and monitor consumer behaviour as there has been a significant shift in spending patterns since the beginning of COVID-19. The pandemic has accelerated consumer spending trends and it is predicted a lot of these patterns will remain in the future.

Some of the emerging trends in consumer patterns are to shop local, conscientious spending (and prioritising basic necessities), limiting waste, sustainability. People have been very receptive to new forms of technology, particularly related to staying connected, informed, and educated, working from home and entertainment. The final trend is health.

Consider how your product or service fits in with these trends?
Does your packaging and marketing show how your product represents these trends to potential consumers?
Can your packaging be more sustainable? If your product or service does not reflect any of these trends, have you thought of a plan to stay relevant, fulfill a need or help people?

Going forward your health strategy is essential. The ‘new COVID normal’ will bring about a range of different attitudes from employees and consumers alike. Some may demonstrate caution about health and hygiene and others will become complacent or indifferent. Your organisation must develop policies and implement measures to keep your stakeholders healthy and safe and it is imperative people adhere to this plan.

Remember consumer loyalty will shift as people are becoming more receptive to trying new products and brands so your customer service, pricing, payment options, accessibility, marketing, promotions, and policies need to be in peak performance. While everyone is at risk of losing loyal customers, it is also an opportunity to expand your network. Continue to monitor the spending habits of your consumers during the pandemic, as the world progressively opens up again and as the ‘new normal’ emerges. ANALYTICS IS EVERYTHING … if you do not like numbers and are a leader in a business, stop being a leader!

 

How Businesses Will Survive the Pandemic

While there is strategies and advice on how to operate your endeavours to come out on top, it is essential to understand there is no ‘one size fits all’. Each organisation needs to make their own assessment, considering of course, relevant consumer behaviour.

McKinsey & Company published an article highlighting 5 stages to act on to lead your organisation from today to the COVID ‘new normal’. I have simplified these stages and they are listed are as follows.

 

  • Resolve
    Crisis-response is in full motion. What is your plan to keep the lights on in your business during this period? Will you remain fully operational, slow down or lockdown completely? If you are unable to operate at full capacity, how can you keep a ‘pilot light on?’ Can you reinvent the way you can get your product or service to customers? Is there a way to keep your staff employed from home? If you are operating as usual, what social distancing and hygiene policies are in place to protect your employees, associates, and customers? This step is about finding the best way to address the pandemic for your business. Keep your business as active as possible without jeopardising the health of your stakeholders.
  • Resilience
    If your business has taken financial hit, you are not alone! Resilience will be imperative to progress to the next stage, which is establishing a better future in the ‘new normal’. While short-term finances are important, you need to look beyond the imminent, and implement strategies to strengthen your business for the future. This involves interpreting consumer behaviour and keeping an open mind about the products or service you offer and how to best produce sales.
  • Return
    If you were unfortunate enough to encounter a shutdown of your business, returning can be a slow process and productivity will not peak for some time as there is a chain reaction among the suppliers. You may find yourself reassessing your entire business plan in order to steadily increase productivity and progress to operating at full capacity. The most crucial part of the return phase is implementing your health and hygiene policies to avoid a second closure.
  • Reimagination
    The pandemic has bought about significant changes to how people and organisations live, work, shop and use technology. Experts anticipate most of these changes will be permanent. Organisations need to plan ahead, the ‘good enough’ or ‘we are doing great now’ mentalities, will unlikely be enough. How can your product or service be enhanced to be highly sought after in the ‘new normal’? What is your strategy if you can no longer rely or afford your suppliers? Is there an alternative supplier, or could you become your own supplier? You will need to meticulously assess your products and expenditure. If your supplier increases costs, how much could you afford to absorb before you’ll have to pass that increase onto the consumer or find and alternative supplier? Have these figures in mind so you know immediately when to act before you start running at a loss. If you strive to plan ahead, improve your product or service, and understand your financial limitations, you will be more organised and productive which results in satisfied employees and customers.
  • Reform
    Reflect on this pandemic and restructure. Let go of how things once were and embrace the new normal. Changes will be made across the board. Governments will be making changes to rebuild the economy, financial institutions to strengthen the system, corporations to evaluate policies and avoid the impact of a similar crisis in the future (or at least lessen its impact by continuing to allow working from home and taking other measures), education systems to facilitate and encourage distant learning, the entire health care system will be reassessed with more equipment and supplies to be made available, the list goes on.
    COVID-19 has been challenging to say the least, but the positive is the opportunities that have emerged. Don’t rush back to 2019, some change has been for the better. See this as a fresh start, be open to new ways of doing things and embrace the new normal.

 

Leading through the COVID Pandemic

In order to respond to this crisis, leaders must create a specific COVID plan, or a ‘new normal plan’. No generic emergency plan will suffice. Action must be taken quickly. The circumstances will continue to unfold throughout 2021 so decisions must be made along the way- waiting for more information could be detrimental to a business. Experts advise leaders to arrange a response team to work together to create a COVID plan and respond to any factors that emerge along the way. This is a high stress situation and entrusting one person to make rapid decisions could result in mistakes and important factors being overlooked.

Crisis communication is important. Be confident, but also honest and realistic- people will not trust an overconfident leader in a crisis. Remain calm when developing and communicating emergency response plans. There are going to be changes to operation, finding ways to keep the revenue coming in and your employees ‘employed’ is a priority. There will be unpopular decisions that must be made for the wellbeing of staff and their families. Roles may need to be temporarily altered, rosters may need to change to ensure compliance in social distancing measures, some may move to working from home. Don’t leave your employees in the dark, be transparent about these decisions, explain the motive and provide an estimated timeline for these changes.

Business in 2021 and beyond is going to look a whole lot different to what we were accustomed to before 2019. COVID-19 has rapidly accelerated the evolution business by years. Seize the opportunity to explore new ways of operating. Keep open mind and embrace the change because it is definitely coming!

I am passionate about creating curiosity and inspiration that develop options. Think of ways within your own teams to create time to inspire curiosity and see what comes from that .. many people create meetings or time with team members to plan for dooms day .. turn up the dial .. spend time on opportunities, different ways of engaging your customers based on their behaviours and needs. Good luck and let 2021 be the positive year of change for you.

 

Ferne Eliz King

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Let’s have a 30 min free conversation and leave this call with a greater degree of curiosity and options. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your aspirations. I want to know about your superpower, everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and create options that transition to actions OR rejig your current actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call with inspiration for your tomorrow.
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My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

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How well do you know your business?

How well do you know your business?

How well do you know your business?

Irrespective of what growth method your business uses it needs to be flexible to deal with CONTINUAL innovation and true human centered design thinking about the future.

Many management teams and boards focus on alignment in leadership, to achieve success. There are three core issues recommended to discuss:

  1. Align on where the business is at RIGHT NOW, so when you agree on the future you are all on the same page about the starting point and goals.
  2. Agree what indicators in your Right to Play need to be met before running off to new shiny objects, many good market people are not good business people, agree core indicators and be transparent on those for everyone to solve for.
  3. Alignment on the ONE true Achilles heel of the business and ensuring that is mitigated and not ignored.

The question of the week:

What phase is your business in Right to Play? Pursue? Disrupt? Can you pinpoint your achilles’ heel?

Let’s consider the evolution of dance as an analogy for aligning your business.

There has been an abundance of genres and fads in dancing as it has evolved over time. In the last century, the 1920’s bought us ‘swinging’, the ‘Hokey Pokey’ became so popular in the 1950’s that many couples had it played at their weddings, ‘Disco’ came with the 70’s, the 80’s Rock ‘n’ Roll era bought us moshing, and in more recent years there has been hip hop, krumping, twerking, flossing plus so many more.

The art of dance continuously develops over time just as you and your business should. As with dance, standing out is vital to success. The leaders stand out more than the followers, but it does not just stop there. To be truly successful, one must align themselves to those in the same phase and take the same path to grow together.
So:

  • Choose your ‘dance partner’ wisely; if you go left when they go right you will not stand out.
  • Choose your ‘band’ wisely; if they play rock ‘n’ roll while you dance hip hop you will not stand out.
  • Choose your ‘Dance instructors’ wisely, if your niche is hip hop and they attempt to direct you, your dance partners and your band to ballroom you will not stand out.
  • This does not mean must surround yourself with those exactly the same, diversity is great for innovation, however their dances must compliment yours and they must know how to dance your dance.

Alignment with those surrounding you in business and life is fundamental to success. Align with others that will recognise shortcomings and constantly look to improve on them in addition to providing continual innovation to not only evolve with the times but lead the times.

Take one, two three steps forward to become a leader in their domain and stand out.

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself

– Henry Ford

 

Ferne Eliz King

Love Life Love YOUR Life

Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free chit chat. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your dreams. I want to know about your superpower, I can help you with that- everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and together create options and then actions, rejig your actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call believing in yourself,
being inspired and having hope for the future.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

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There’s always room for improvement

There’s always room for improvement

In business and life: There’s always room for improvement

80% of executives believe their current operation models are insufficient for future growth (Source McKinsey). If you are part of this 80%, are you going to take you head out of the sand and implement innovative changes?

Have you ever noticed how over time stagnant water omits an odour? Something that was once clear, clean and consumable turns green and unappealing? Staying still has the same effect on a business. Whether you are currently achieving goals or not you must continuously strive to improve. Procrastinating the hard decisions or accepting things as ‘good enough’ will not get you the imaginable future you deserve.

What area of your operation model needs further development to support your BAU and growth strategies, inclusive of digital?

Valium essentially has a calming effect on the body and is typically used to treat anxiety and various other conditions and disorders. Our brains do not have eyes, and therefore relies messages sent by neurons within the body to identify how it should react to different stimulus. While a highly effective medication, Valium merely conceals the root of the problem from the brain and prolonged use can desensitise the user to its effectiveness. Valium should definitely not be without a prescription or medically diagnosed condition!

But, in either your personal life or your business are you guilty of taking ‘Metaphoric Valium’ without a prescription? I definitely am! Have you ever operated on autopilot, while you complete your daily tasks, as you continuously tell yourself (your brain!) that everything will be fine, because you just cannot handle that gut wrenching feeling you get when you think about the real issue? The bottom line is if things are mediocre at best the ‘Metaphoric Valium’ you are taking without a prescription is not helping. If you were to go to an accountant or a therapist would the advice be to continue ignoring your problems until they disappear, or continue operating in the same way until you get a different result? Eventually you will become ‘desensitised’ and you will be left with no option but to address the issues, which will have grown over time. It is time to remove those rose-coloured glasses and look realistically at the areas in your business or life needs to be addressed for further development and growth- there is always room for improvement.

Dreams are lovely but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.

– Shonda Rhimes

 

Ferne Eliz King

Love Life Love YOUR Life

Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free chit chat. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your dreams. I want to know about your superpower, I can help you with that- everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and together create options and then actions, rejig your actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call believing in yourself,
being inspired and having hope for the future.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

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Is what you offer valuable to clients?

Is what you offer valuable to clients?

Is what you offer valuable to clients?

Identifying where there is a need for what you do or provide and how to deliver your value in compelling way is not as easy as it may seem.

Gone are the days of ONE elevator pitch, we see so much diversity and flexibility in the market, and we must be able to articulate our value in a manner that will best resonate with prospective clients. Our people must effectively communicate to a variety of stakeholders, each of whom listen and take information in different ways. Key words and phrases are a starting point, empowering your people to mix and match to deliver your value successfully to ideal clients and markets is imperative.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

– Albert Einstein

Can you articulate the value you provide and the need for it in the market? Can everyone in your organisation articulate this story authentically in their own words, culture, ways of language?

I’m going to take a moment to gloat… I bake a magnificent coffee cake! You will have to take my word for it, but it looks and smells as delicious as it tastes. It has been my go-to recipe for years!

But, would I serve this cake to my 7 year old daughter and her friends for her birthday? Definitely not! It would be a massive fail and candidly a waste of a magnificent cake. If I were to tweak the recipe to replace the coffee with caramel, I think there will be a lot of happy (and potentially very sugar high) little vegemite’s running around.

However, I would absolutely serve a coffee cake to the parents at the party. There would be a much higher chance of pleasing adults with a coffee flavoured cake.

The bottom line is do not WASTE your value on the wrong people or markets!! Recognising your value is not always easy and is an achievement in itself, ensuring you can convey this value in relatable terms to any individual is also very essential. But it is just as important to think of where this value fits. In business you need to target the right stakeholders at the right time (or tweak your value to make it fit, as I am doing with my daughter’s birthday cake). In life, surround yourself with people that appreciate and support your value. There is no point trying to force a square peg in a round hole when there are plenty of other round holes available if you know where to look. Are you ready to find those round holes?

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

– Nelson Mandela

 

Ferne Eliz King

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Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free chit chat. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your dreams. I want to know about your superpower, I can help you with that- everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and together create options and then actions, rejig your actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call believing in yourself,
being inspired and having hope for the future.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

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How will you know when you are successful?

How will you know when you are successful?

80% of the companies that existed before 1980 are no longer around. In 5 years time another 17% will not be here (Source: Harvard Business Review).

What is your plan to make sure you aren’t another statistic? How will you make sure you succeed?

The quality questions you ask yourself, and the actions taken as a result of those questions will determine the success of your tomorrow. To me success is evolutionary. Continuously reflecting on how to improve, setting new goals, and taking actions to achieve them will guarantee longevity in success. Once I have ‘succeeded’, I look for new things to achieve as success doesn’t stand still.

What does success look like for you in the future? How will you measure your success differently from today?

Consider this:

What came first the chicken or the egg?

Not being an expert myself, I would say that at some point a bird, that was not exactly a chicken, laid an egg. When that egg hatched a chicken emerged. So, in short, my answer is the egg. The species it came from evolved over time to become the animal we know today.

In biology evolution is not a choice. Evolving yourself or your business, however, is absolutely your choice! Actions come before mindset. If there was never an egg, there would never be the chicken. If you don’t take action you will not change your mindset and you will not succeed.

When you consider this question, be sure to deliberate what action you will take now to accelerate the evolution of yourself or your business to bring this success.

“The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.”- John C Maxwell

 

Ferne Eliz King

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Curious about Actions for Your Tomorrow

Let’s have a 30 min free chit chat. If you are an inspired individual or are in an inspiring business I’d love to listen to your journey, your challenges and your dreams. I want to know about your superpower, I can help you with that- everyone has one! I want to turn up your curiosity dial and together create options and then actions, rejig your actions to achieve your tomorrow. I want you to leave this call believing in yourself,
being inspired and having hope for the future.

About Ferne

My superpower is to ignite change and inspire actions to achieve the imaginable future of individuals and businesses. The first step is facilitating you to unlock your curiosity.

 

Rejig Focus To Take Inspiring Action

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