or national and their impact on me?', 'How should I
positively respond to certain or uncertain change?',
'How should I support those around me experiencing
change?', How can I identify hidden opportunities and
obvious threats of change?'
There are some features common to individuals, teams, organisations, people, or nations that have successfully utilised the opportunities and threats of change to transform themselves.
These features are:
1. A recognition that change is cyclical. Change is a process. Change is timeless. Be willing to 'ride' the wave of change; search out the opportunities in advance, and anticipate and develop strategies for the threats. 'Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored' - Aldous Huxley.
2. Identify and analyse the skill-sets necessary for thriving in the change cycle. There are assessment resources that could help with this stage.
3. A plan to develop your skill-sets, with clear SMART goals. A well-developed plan becomes your point of focus on those 'low days' when motivation and energy levels are at medium to low ebbs.
4. A desire to learn, to engage in coaching, mentoring, networking, and other learning opportunities. Engage in this process honestly, consistently, and apply the ideas and actions desirable for you to thrive in the change process. Develop a positive mindset: "Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." - Frank Outlaw.
5. Evaluation and long-term planning. Evaluate your successes and failures, and use these as drivers for long-term goals. So that at the next down-turn in the change process, you're thriving and not caught by surprise.
6. A personal commitment to help and support colleagues, friends and others who need your encouragement, presence or words. There are a number methods you can adopt - phone call, email, text messaging, sending flowers, sign-posting to other valuable resources etc.
How to develop superior performance
We define superior performance as the highest act or action that can be fulfilled at a given time. Superior performance is the ability to consistently deliver highest quality in product, service, task or activity. At an individual level, is it possible to deliver superior performance? Yes. Is it possible to deliver superior performance consistently? Yes provided the guidelines below are followed?
1. Belief it is possible to deliver superior performance.
2. Make a personal commitment (ie a personal decision) to deliver superior performance (in thinking, attitude, behaviour) every time.
3. Plan to deliver superior performance.
4. Develop skill-sets, knowledge-sets, attitude-sets and behaviour patterns aligned to achieving superior performance.
5. Identify and learn from other people who deliver superior performance.
6. Expect superior performance from others.
7. Be a role model of superior performance.
"Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves." - Walter Anderson
"There's more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." - Mother Teresa
"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." - Nelson Mandela
"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader." - Dolly Parton
"You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts." - Brian Tracy
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room." - Anita Roddick