How you frame change makes all the difference

Staying with the idea of change…

Change is happening everywhere. Large, tectonic-like change. We all have our fears about change, no doubt. So, if you put those two statements together, it can make for a kind of depressing realization. Change happens (a lot) and I’m probably (in some way) afraid of it.

Some people will say, "Oh, not me. I’m not afraid of change. I love change."

I agree some of us are wired to integrate change more easily. However, I find most of the time when someone says they love change is that the change they love is the change they can control. If the change takes them out of control, um… that’s a different story.

Since change is the norm and since it produces fear (at some level) and since we cannot live in perpetual fear, we must frame change in a positive manner. In other words, change is easier to navigate if we know it is good for us.

Positive change.

One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is that they don’t frame change in a positive manner. Oh, they may give a positive speech about change, but their actions after the speech, betray their words.

So what’s a leader to do? Stay tuned.



  1. riddle March 20, 2008 at 6:19 am - Reply

    I enjoy the blog.

    Often, people don’t fear change, they fear loss.

  2. dave March 20, 2008 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Mark, thanks for the kind words. Loss is certain a driver for fear. In fact, it’s loss of the familiar and ambiguity of the future that can also create fear. It’s like being in-between trapeze. I call it, “the mid-air moment.”

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