We live in a “singular solution” world when, in fact, we have multiple issues happening all at once and singular solutions don’t work.
For example, I went through some very good corporate training about how to manage change. It was an enlightening course on change — how people should prepare for change, the change event itself, and how to come to resolution about the change. Perhaps not unexpected, but the training strangely mirrored the grieving process as, perhaps, it should. It was serial in nature, one step at a time.
This makes perfect sense — for one change. If all you are dealing with is one change happening now in your life, it follows that we should follow one process for the change. But we’re not dealing with just one change, are we?
Instead, we deal with multiple issues with change every single day, both at work and at home. Such issues:
Sure, this is life. But none of these things are addressed through classic singular solutions. You can’t just say “go through X 4-step process” and the problem is now solved.
Instead, our life cries out for integrated solutions to multiple changes. Short of building an Excel scorecard — where X change is in stage Y of change and M change is in stage Z of change — to keep track of how we are doing, I don’t know how we evaluate the emotional state we are in for all of these stages of change across multiple issues.
The closest thing I’ve come to managing all of this stuff (“closest” does not mean “mastered”) is the Getting Things Done methodology where actions are assigned for all of this to maintain control while utilizing a weekly review of everything to provide some perspective.
But, I’m not convinced this is the end answer to managing multiple issues, especially addressing the emotional side of change.
How do you manage change, when change comes at you with ten changes a day?
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