Making Sense of Change

The only thing that is constant is change.
— Heraclitus

Recently I attended a work sponsored Leadership Day Conference and the topic was Managed Change. My employer was purchased by a large company and every department is affected. (consolidating departments, pay scale changes, merit increase changes, benefit changes to name a few) I could really identify with the speaker's  segment describing the Emotions vs Rationality through the course of change.  

  1. Immobilization **  trying to understand and take it in 
  2. Denial**  thinking this will never happen
  3. Anger** it becomes real and I see how it impacts my world
  4. Bargaining** end of hanging on 
  5. Depression ** can be reflection 
  6. Exploration** starting to embrace idea of what's happening 
  7. Acceptance**  kosher and cool

At times in my life, I have gone  backwards through this process, trying to fight change as it still happens. It is natural to feel awkward as change ensues but we always get pick our attitude.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
— Maya Angelou