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"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
-- Charles Darwin (1809-1882) British naturalist

Volume 2, Issue 3-- March 2005

In This Issue

Feature Article  |  Resources  |  Fast Facts 
  Survey  |  What's New  |  About Regina

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Feature Article - Managing Change

How often have you heard the statement, the only thing constant is change. No kidding, right? Anyone living on the planet earth can attest to that statement.

For most of us, the pace of change seems to have picked up dramatically over the past few years, thanks in part to the increased availability and use of technology, as well as the global economy in which we now live and work. Layer on all of the merger and acquisition activity and the ongoing waves of layoffs, and you have a recipe for constant change.

Do you remember the story of the frog and the pan of hot water? If you put a frog in a pan of boiling water, it will leap out instantly. However, if you put a frog in a pan of cold water and gradually turn up the heat, the frog will typically remain in the pan of water because it has an opportunity to adjust to the increase in water temperature.

Unfortunately for most people, when we experience change it often feels like being thrown into a pan of boiling water. So what can you do to avoid becoming frog soup? I find the best way to manage change is to practice a little change every day, particularly when you have the ability to control the change.

What does this mean? Take a new route to work. Visit a musuem during your lunch hour. Buy something new for your office. Pick up a pair of new sunglasses. Volunteer for a new project at work. If you usually drink coffee, try tea. Get a new hairdo. Take an art class. Join toastmasters. Listen to a new radio station. Take Spanish lessons. Visit the zoo.

The list could go on and on and is only limited by your creativity and imagination. The point? Managing change on a small scale when you are in the driver’s seat, helps you to develop the resilience to manage change on a larger scale.

So the next time you find yourself in the midst of change, relax and focus on the possibilities. After all, you’ve been practicing, right? And you never know, it could be fun and you might even like what change comes your way. Otherwise, you might just find yourself eating frog soup.

Copyright 2005 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.

Resources

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, by William Bridges
Directed at managers and employees in today's corporations, Bridges shows how to minimize the distress and disruptions caused by change.

Change Management Learning Center - This website offers tutorials, books, articles, and resources on change management.

10 Principles of Change Management, article that covers tools and techniques to help companies transform quickly.

Fast Company article on Change - this article is a few years old, but is still applicable today.

Managing Change in Organizations - lots of resources for managing change

Fast Facts

February Survey Results - Managing Change.

100% of respondents DISAGREED that they tend to ignore change and just keep plugging away.

Only 33% of respondents AGREED that they like their comfort zone and avoid taking risks or making major changes.

100% of respondents AGREED that when change is occurring they look at their options and prepare for the future.

60% of respondents AGREED that they become excited when change happens and find it easy to take action to implement their plans.

100% of respondents DISAGREED that when rolling out a change at work, they tend to announce the change to employees/colleagues, and let them manage the implementation.

100% of respondents AGREED that when change is happening at work, they try to get as much feedback as possible from employees/colleagues, including what they think are the potential problems and what should be done to resolve them.

Survey

Each month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This month our survey is on getting paid what you're worth.

What's New

Interested in hearing Regina speak? Here are some upcoming programs that are open to the public:

March 29, 2005, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., AIM to Succeed Tele-seminar, Topic: Pricing ABCs and 123s.

April 19, 2005, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., BPW Program, Topic: Getting Serious About Pay: From Negotiation to Litigation, location The Courtyard at the Depot, Mpls, MN.

April 28, 2005, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., University of Minnesota, Topic: Leadership, Minneapolis MN.

April 30, 2005, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Power of I Conference, Topic: Inflate Your Success, Bloomington, MN.

May 5, 2005, North Carolina Banker's Association, Women in Banking Conference. Topic: Breaking Barriers: Climbing the Corporate Ladder, Greensboro, NC.

May 18, 2005, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Financial Women International & Minnesota Bankers Association, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, Bloomington, MN.

Contact us at info@redladder.com for information on how to register.

About Regina
Regina Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA in finance/management and an MBA in management/ marketing. An advocate of lifelong learning, she is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Human Development at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. Her focus: leadership and issues facing women in business. Regina has over fourteen years in the financial services industry where she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing.

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