by Luis R. Valentino, Ed.D.
In my conversations about change with District Leaders guests, a common theme is the role and power of change in leading through the pandemic. And while change can be both scary and exciting, planning ahead can help you in dealing with transitions more effectively. Considerations in preparing for the change you will leading includes:
Build your motivation. One way to build that motivation is to consider the reasons for your actions. This is challenging because things are moving with great velocity. They may, in fact, look like a blur and even beyond reach. However, if you are clear on your purpose, you will be ok.
Focus on the gain. Change usually brings losses and wins. You must be willing to let go of some immediately perceived wins in order to achieve things that are more valuable. Recognize the costs of stagnation.
Take care of your mental and physical health. An active lifestyle and adequate rest will help you remain patient and flexible under pressure. Leverage available resources, identify new ones, and use them to strengthen your capacity. Add to your knowledge and skills. This will help maximize your chances for success.
Seek support when needed. It is easier to navigate change when you have allies and partners on your side. Create opportunities to collaborate. As for support, guidance and encouragement.
Remember, change is natural and inevitable. Focus your energy on the things you can control. Take steps that make it easier for you to embrace change. Clarify your vision and build your courage. Stay up to date and make your life more meaningful and fulfilling.
Thanks to Henning W. Smith from Freeimages for the photo.