Roll with the changes

I am just sitting down with a cup of tea after a really fast and furious weekend. This is the time to sit back and reflect on what has been a busy but enjoyable couple of days. When I was planning the weekend it wasn’t at all how it has turned out. On Friday I had a very different view of what was going to take place.

The weekend was supposed to start with a relaxing ride on my horse followed by catching up with some chores around the house. Sunday would then involve some dressage judging followed by a riding lesson. In the end I had a busy Saturday taking my trailer to get serviced, accidentally meeting friends for lunch, and then a riding lesson. Sunday was much more relaxed with riding and then some dressage judging.

It reminded me how important it is for us to be able to be flexible when we are making plans. This is even more critical when we are in a work environment and at the moment when the financial challenge is making us all adapt and alter how we work. The ability to be flexible and to roll with changes is not valued as much as it should be.

When new systems and process are being introduced, or when new people arrive in the team we all have to change the way we work. If we try to stick with the way it was done and the plans we had then we will fail to move forward and in worst case will end up moving backwards. What we need to do is recognise what the change means and then work out how we will be able to deal with it.

Finally, we have to make sure we have some personal resilience. Change is disruptive and if we are not careful we will be asking too much of ourselves and our colleagues. If they, and we, haven’t got the personal resilience to be able to work with the altered situation then it could be a very stressful time.

This was a wonderful weekend that was enjoyable, busy and also relaxing. I am sure that if I had been concerned about the changes and had fought against the alterations it would have been a stressful 48 hours.

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