Who Moved My Cheese?

Luckily, I have always been someone who embraced change. I say luckily because my world has changed a lot. Over the last 32 years, I have changed schools, cities, workplaces, job functions, homes, cell phone numbers, and friends.

My first real experience with change was when I was elementary school. My family moved the summer between 3rd and 4th grade and I had to change schools. It was traumatic. I made the change, but there was plenty of kicking and screaming (Literally kicking and screaming, usually my classmates).  But life went on, I made new friends, and I realized that change wasn’t so bad. More recently, at my last employer, Books-A-Million, in five years I had five different roles (Special Events Manager, Assistant Buyer, Buyer, Director of Special Events and Director of Advertising and Promotions). Man, did we waste some business cards! But I learned a ton, worked for some amazing people, and the depth of experience I accumulated has been wonderful for my career.

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Candidly, even though I embrace the process of change, sometimes I do not enjoy the effects of change. And when that happens, I really have to work at staying positive and trying to find the good in the situation. There is always good in the situation, whether it be personal growth or strengthened faith.

I realize that I am probably in the minority here. There are people who are hoping and praying that there world will stay exactly the same. Unfortunately for them, it just won’t happen like that. (You might have read that we announced some pretty significant changes at Thomas Nelson earlier today). So below are a few resources for dealing with change:

Who Moved My Cheese? – A wonderful allegory about dealing with organizational change.

Orbiting the Giant Hairball – My friend and former boss, Jeff Skipper, gave me this book before I started work at Thomas Nelson. It is a hilarious look at how to emerge from the impenetrable mass of rules and systems.

Managing Transitions – Deals with the human side of organizational change.

How do you handle change? Do you have any resources for those who are struggling in the midst of change?

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  • I’ve always said I like change. And I do. I’m always willing to try something new. But I’m finding out I’m not so crazy about the CHALLENGES we’re finding ourselves in lately. The only thing that gets me through those are knowing God’s got it under control and he’s going to turn it around for our good in the end. The God who stilled the storm still has that power today. Such comfort! And it’s something we too easily forget when the waves are crashing over the edge of the boat.

  • I’m with you, LIndsey. I actually like and welcome change but sometimes the transitions that come with it are difficult. I’ve been especially challenged in my current role where I’ve been trying to help lead through change. It’s one thing to adjust to change yourself, it’s another to help lead others through it. I’ve read two books lately both called “Leading Change”, one by James O’Toole and the other by John P. Kotter that have been really helpful to me.

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