I RECENTLY ATTENDED A BUSINESS CHICK EVENT TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY. AMONGST THE CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AND RAISING AWARENESS AGAINST BIAS FOR A MORE GENDER BALANCED WORLD, SOME GREAT SPEAKERS TOOK TO STAGE TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE, CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS TO EMPOWER OTHERS.
One of these brave women was JoAnna Ferrari who has transitioned or reinvented herself personally and professionally over 21 times during her life. None of her transitions were as big as the change and challenge she encountered at 53 when she committed to transition her gender from male to female. Her story and transition is truly inspiring! - You can learn more about in the links I’ve included at the bottom of this article.
On reflection following this event, it made me acknowledge the importance of not only business and professional development but that of personal change too. We are continually evolving as individuals, and we should because we choose to. Not purely because business, job roles or the advancement in technology dictate us to.
The single idea JoAnna had in reinventing herself was challenging the ‘you can be, do and have anything you wholeheartedly put your attention to’. Break this down, and instead live by an idea that to truly live this way, you must be willing to explore, experiment and express yourself in brave new ways. JoAnna now supports transforming businesses, teams and individuals by using strategies, models (The 7 Mirrors of Change) and formulas developed from her combined 30 plus years’ business experience and personal life experiences.
“In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks” - Mark Zuckerberg
Change is required in order to survive and thrive. We live in such a fast paced society, it’s important to take a step back and consider some key points for successful change management and transition. For both business and personal change, here are some tips;
Make a plan
Don’t change for the sake of it. Know your ‘why’, question the ‘how’ and make a solid plan. What’s the end goal?
Communication is queen for change. Having all people surrounding you informed, aware of the end goal and updated on developments makes for an enriched journey. Involvement also encourages engagement, shared ideas, concerns, improvement and recognition.
Identify key players
Advocates encourage sceptics to participate and help sustain the drive. Whatever the size or impact, change can’t be implemented alone, so identify your squad, delegate and make sure they’re accountable.
Be realistic and manage expectations
Build awareness upfront, retain communication and have a contingency plan. Benefits differ from person to person. Be realistic in time frames and communicate.
Measuring outcome and success
Reflect on wins, challenges and improvements, and most importantly; give recognition.
If you are looking for your next role, seeking change specialists for business transformation and projects, or want to discuss the market in more detail, I’d love to hear from you.
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