Humans have an innate ability to focus on resisting change, fighting the old fight. But, have you noticed? There is a massive opportunity right in front of us to focus on building something new!
Change can bring out the best or it can bring out the worst in people. Everyone responds differently to change. Being aware of that and sensitive to the underlying emotions connected to change is powerful.
Have you done a self check and considered how you respond to change? Have you considered how your response influences the people around you? Have you considered how you position change and how what you do can make it easier for those around you?
If you haven't already, consider reaching out to a colleague, a student, or a family who is struggling with change and uplift them. Encourage others to persevere. Lend a listening ear. Encourage and lead your colleagues, friends, and family.
Change provides us with the opportunity to expand our skill stack and position our perspective and responses so that others respond more favorably to change.
Lead through change with love, integrity, care, and compassion. Those skills are part of the skill stack in the curriculum of life. It's not about what we get, it's about what we give. It's what you build within and how you inspire without. It's what you inspire in others through difficult times and through times of rapid change that show the world who you are.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. -Socrates
Starting today, build the new.
*Originally published April 6, 2020
About the Author Lisa Imel, M.Ed.
Lisa Imel, M.Ed. is the President and Chief Educational Consultant of the EDSolutions Group where she serves as a school strategy consultant, digital course creator, leadership coach, and more! Through her work with school districts, colleges and secondary and post-secondary leadership partners she develops business community partnerships, ideates, creates and implements systems and structures so that you can lead a more productive, meaningful, healthier, happier, work & personal life. Our work will help you have a greater impact and influence more of your students to achieve brighter futures! As a life-long educator, high-school, middle-school, and elementary administrator, teacher and licensed superintendent, she gets it. Reach out at [email protected]
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