It's not often you see a company putting the human side at the top of their corporate-speak publication. But Stephen's thoughts, insights and openness are saying a lot to me personally about the new SirsiDynix. I know that transparency is hard to achieve - even in the good times! Which makes me appreciate even more the honesty in his words. View the full article here: Change – Arrghhhhh!
As my library system is undergoing change ourselves with a pending reorganization, I can relate even more to these words of wisdom:
The Final Stage: Commitment
When we commit to the change, we start focusing on the future instead of dwelling on the past. We develop a clearer sense of our roles – and where the future is going – and how it empowers and enlightens our own visions of where we want to succeed in supporting learning and communities. In this stage, our success is dependent on consolidating the change and cutting the strings to the past. If we stay in two camps too long, we damage our ability to invest in our future. We must ensure that we recognize and reward people who are responding well to the change. We also need to recognize some change resistance as positive, if it’s able to be turned into good feedback on how to implement the changes more effectively. Seeing all change resistance as “bad” empowers the resisters as negative contributors, instead of as critical thinkers.