Master Change with How You Respond
Change is constant, and change can be traumatic for people. Resistance to it often comes from a sense of loss, fear of the unknown, and adhering to our comfort zones.
There is a physiological reaction to the stresses that come with change and crisis. If left unchecked, those reactions can lead us to oblivion with damaged work relationships, ruined trust, and diminished results.
Knowing how we react to stress helps us slow down and respond to it with leadership expertise. The end result is increased trust, more buy-in, and thriving results through change. When you are able to master change at work, at home, in your community, you will find yourself propelled into leadership. You will be the one with a cool head when others panic. You will be the one with a plan of action, and it will the result of how well you master change.
Michael’s background in psychotherapy and counseling is applied to leadership development, team building, and change management. We will cover the “Three R’s” from Diettrich-Chastain’s book Changes on how to respond to change rather than react to it. In other words, you must master change rather than accept victimhood from it.
The first set of R’s to master change is to “respond” rather than “react” to change. Many of us, if not all of us, have a reaction to the sense of loss that change brings. That reaction is often the result of emotion. While emotion serves a purpose in our survival, it may not be the best course of action when a change is needed. Taking the time to step back, assess a situation, and think with a vision in mind allows us to respond to change in a way that continues to build trust, involve more people, and have greater sustainability.
Who is Michael Diettrich-Chastain?
Michael Diettrich Chastain LPC, is an author, speaker, professional coach, and consultant dedicated to peak performance.
As a leadership coach, Michael has helped organizational leaders and teams become more effective on how to respond to change. Skills include recognizing when and how to inspire others to embrace change through a sense of ownership.
Michael has facilitated training events internationally on leadership, team building, communication, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, self-care, and other topics.
Fun Fact: Michael has studied eastern martial arts for more than a decade, and often incorporates philosophies from his experience helping others learn to respond rather than react when facing change and crisis.
Resources and Links
Get a free gift from Michael Diettrich-Chastain, a virtual card deck to help you facilitate discussions that create connections in meetings, VirtualChanges.com.
Purchase your free copy of Changes: The Busy Professionals Guide to Reducing Stress, Accomplishing Goals, and Mastering Adaptability.
Learn how Arc Integrated can help your business build a leadership culture that thrives in change at ArcIntegrated.com.
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