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Monday, August 9, 2010

Changing

On July 29 I had an opportunity to participate in the North Central Region Administrative Leadership Conference Webinar. Our afternoon keynote speaker was Steve Siemens, "Siemens People Builders" of Des Moines.

His presentation was entitled "When You're Through Changing, You're Through!" Since so many organizations, including our own Iowa State University Extension, are going through change, I thought it was appropriate to share some notes from his presentation.

He started off the presentation by identifying the two ways to view change; fictional and factual. Let me share his identified differences between these two sides of change.

Fiction: It will soon pass.

Fact: Change is here to stay.

Fiction: I can just stay the way I am.

Fact: If the organization is changing, you had better change with it.

Fiction: Change causes problems and problems are bad.

Fact: Problems are a natural process of thorough change.

Fiction: Changes creates negativism towards my career.

Fact: Growth is always found in challenges.

Fiction: What I do doesn't affect anyone.

Fact: Everyone is either a part of the problem or a part of the solution.

Fiction: These changes were not necessary.

Fact: What's necessary right now is to make things work.

Fiction: They don't know what they're doing.

Fact: Who does? The difference is they are not afraid to make mistakes.

According to Siemens, the goal is to get everyone to stay on the factual side of change. He went on to say that change is not new; it is inevitable, healthy, and necessary.

His identified strategy for effective change was:

1.When you change your thinking, you change your beliefs.
2.When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations.
3.When you change your expectations, you change your attitude.
4.When you change your attitude, you change your behavior.
5.When you change your behavior, you change your performance.
6.When you change your performance, you change your life.

It all starts with changing our thinking to make changes around us and help others change. Change will continue to be part of our personal and professional lives. To learn more about Steve Siemens and read more of his positive commentary, visit his web site http://www.thepeoplebuilder.com/.