4 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Change

By Victoria Grady

January 16, 2013

It’s Round? NO. It’s Square? NO. It’s Green? NO. It’s Purple? The wily parrotfish is like an actor playing multiple parts in a single play…constantly changing shape, color, even gender throughout life. This revolving door of identities has long stumped scientists.

As confounding as this creature is, wouldn’t it be great if employees were like parrotfish? When an organizational change was announced, people would begin changing color, shape and size in accordance with their needs. Those who need education and training? Suddenly a brilliant blue. Those who need additional support from the leadership team? Now a deep hue of red. Those who just need to be informed but not burdened with too much detail? Those folks are now orange. If only that psychedelic fantasy were real…it’d make being a manager a heck of a lot easier (and more visually stimulating!).

Unfortunately, employees don’t change colors or physical attributes in response to upcoming reorganization (though some may get red in the face). In lieu of that, how do you, as a change agent, understand the unique needs of your individual employees so that your change strategy is successful?

You might say you can’t afford to do this because of the time required, but I say, how can you afford not to? We don’t display our response to change with colors or shapes. It’s important that effective leaders reach out to help employees navigate the changes taking place around them. If you don’t, you’ve chosen to walk a path that breeds cultural toxicity and wasteful resistance. The choice, as always, is yours.   

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By Victoria Grady

January 16, 2013

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