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Change: Are You Happy or Sad?

February 24th, 2015  | 

Published in Conflict Resolution

This past weekend my wife and I cleaned out our daughter’s bedroom.

Jordan moved to Chicago last summer and now works in advertising at Leo Burnett. Jordan’s room hasn’t been redecorated since she was in junior high.

A change was long overdue.

The cleaning process brought back a flood of memories.

And a teary eye or two. It also brought excitement about the new look we’ve planned for this room.

And that’s how it goes with change.

When we resist change, it’s because we’re losing something. That loss can trigger feelings of anger, grief and uncertainty.

When we drive change, we tend to view the future as new, exciting and filled with promise.

As you drive change in your life and at work, remember that change brings a sense of loss to some people, and a sense of adventure to others.

Are you and your team resisting change or driving change? The answer may reflect how you and those around you view change.

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises leaders of some of the world’s most admired companies, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 200 strategic planning sessions, and he’s delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. His fifth leadership book—How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices—examines 52 of history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies and debuted in April as the #1 new historical reference book on Amazon.

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