Mon, December 19, 2016
Guest article by Daniel M. Entwistle, CEO of DME Consulting International
Post the recent US Election result, its been interesting to observe the manifestation of emotions and events as they unfold across the country. Businesses, markets and individuals have all responded in different ways. What’s clear, if nothing else is right now, is that we are a nation in change. However, that said… is it any different to where we were before the election? We are used to living in a world of ambiguity right? The markets are full of volatility? Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, famously quoted "change is the only constant in life…"
The Change Curve
We have seen a range of emotions on the change curve. Those who got the result they wanted in the election have gone through the journey and are in the decision/integration stage already, excited about what the future may bring. Those that did not get the outcome they desired in the election are quite possibly going through the motions still, some of which are detailed here…
Irrespective of the result and whether you deem the outcome as positive or negative, businesses should focus right now on what is in their sphere of control. The stories you are currently telling yourself and your employees will either be empowering and therefore “enable” you to weather the next wave of changes or, they will be damaging and “limit” your chances of survival.
All great questions I have been asked lately. You can scenario plan as to how these may play out, but one key to future proofing your business is navigating the here and now, don’t stand still. Using TetraMap (www.tetramap.com) we believe in approaching transitional change from four perspectives and use nature as a metaphor to do this. Unlike other tools, the approach doesn’t label or limit people or tasks to a set of behaviors or beliefs. Rather, it provides them with the mindset they need to understand the way they – and others - think and act, enabling them to make positive changes that lead to improved outcomes:
The above is a useful framework to help you understand others. Your people will have preferences based on the four elements above and you need to ensure you understand these to create synergy, peak performance and build profitable and sustainable business relationships. Don’t wait and sit on the fence, complete an internal review – assess your business and people today from the four perspectives and be ready, because with change always comes opportunity.
A final thought…
Be aware of what the law of precession may bring. When a stone is dropped in water we get a ripple effect. As big changes come next year then they could cause more than just ripples. The power we have is in choice, and not leaving it to chance.