Managing Change



Change is a multi-stage process not an event


SKILLBUILDER 1: A goal that You Can Control

Bob Miglani, writer for the Washington Post and and bestselling author, talks about How to Adapt to Change in the Workplace in a recent You tube video.  Youtube video: How to Adapt to Change in the Workplace.  


He outlines 6 ways to adapt to change:

  1. Let go of how good it used to be. That workplace doesn’t exist anymore.

  2. Accept change. It doesn’t happen TO us, it’s around us every day.  It’s inevitable.

  3. Think in yeses, not in nos.  Think more about the possibilities.  Don’t get stuck standing still.

  4. Set an achievable goal and go after it.  Set one goal you know you can achieve; it will help you move forward; energize you and others in the workplace.

  5. Focus only on what you can control. Why worry about things you can’t control?  It’s a waste of time and energy.

  6. Let fresh air in. Get outside perspectives from friends, colleagues, and family.  Talk about non-work-related topics.  Break the negative thought pattern.


Look at 4 and 5.  A good way to fight off the uncertainty (and worry) that often accompanies change is to focus on something you CAN control.  For example, let’s say you have always wanted to analyze your staffing needs throughout an entire school year.  You know they go up and down depending on what is happening on campus.  But what does this mean (say, from month to month) in terms of staffing in your unit?  How can you better prepare for the busy months?  What other jobs can your staff do in the months that are not as demanding?  Regardless of how your unit and personnel may change, this will be valuable data.


Think of a goal you can control.  In the space below, write this goal and a few steps you will take to achieve it.  The sheer fact that you are working on something that a) you can control, and b) will have a positive impact on your workplace, regardless of change, will give you a feeling of contributing, of using your talent and knowledge to achieve a positive outcome.