They changed the bathroom lock at the office! Why? Not that the old lock didn’t stick every now and then, but we knew how to jiggle it until it opened. The new lock is a different shape is and it doesn’t operate the same way! The old one pushed and turned to lock and unlock and I keep trying to do the same with this one. Frustrating! The new one has a little knob in the centre that you turn clockwise to lock…..or wait a minute, maybe it’s anti-clockwise! Is the door really locked? Every time I go in, I forget and try to turn the knob to lock it….will I ever learn? Why did they have to change it!
To irritate and challenge us, change does not have to be significant. It can be as simple as a variation in a daily routine. Whenever the subject of change comes up…whether it is related to work or personal life, the word ‘management’ is usually attached to it. To me, it is more about understanding our reaction to change.
Change is usually imposed on us by something or someone and we have a reaction which reflects in the way we process it. It may be job loss, new job, new baby, relocation, new lock, retirement, etc., and does not have to be a bad thing to upset our balance.
Moving through change is never a straight line in one direction. Some of the emotions we cycle through are shock, denial, frustration, hurt, acceptance, lack of confidence, hard work, success, and we may revisit one or more of these several times before moving to the place of self-confidence.
Personality type plays a significant role in our acceptance and successful conclusion of change. The very nature of our preferences requires differing information paths in order to have what we need to be comfortable with the change. Recognizing our reaction when we do not get our needs met is important as it helps us to move forward.
It is beneficial for any organization going through change to explore personality type assessment for their staff. Good communication is essential to the success of a change process and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® debriefed in a workshop setting creates a common ‘language’ for that communication.
For individuals who are struggling with a change in their lives, the assessment can provide valuable insight into why they are struggling and some solutions to resolve it. Debriefing the assessment with a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner will provide an understanding of the different reactions and needs during a time of change.
Just so you know, the bathroom lock and I are friends now. I feel confident that I know how to operate it and I trust it to do what it is supposed to do!
“If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry, it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry, it’ll change.” John A. Simone Sr.