Embracing change – choosing your response

The likelihood that things will stay exactly the same at work is about as likely as politicians keeping all their pre election promises.

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What will it do?

This tool is to help you assess your attitude and typical response to change.

If change is on the cards.

If it’s predictable that it will happen.

Then choosing your mindset around it is worth doing. We see consistently elite performers in the world of business and sport quickly getting their heads around changes and choosing their response so they’re ready.

If you’re serious about improving and being better at what you do it’s worth checking in with your attitude to change.

Three steps to take

Get focused on the things that will make the most impact for you.

1. What’s your attitude to change?

Use a scale of 0 (not at all like me) to 10 (exactly like me) that represents how you generally approach change. Be honest – you’re only kidding yourself if you’re not!

  0 – 10 score
1) When change is on the cards, I’m excited, curious and energised by the prospect
2) When change is forced on me that I’m skeptical about, I choose to be positive about it and what I can learn from it
3) I’m constantly seeking out opportunities to change, tweak things or course correct or do things better
4) I don’t shy away from making big changes when I feel they’re necessary, no matter how much disruption and discomfort they bring
5) I always see change as an opportunity to challenge myself, test things out, learn about myself and ultimately become a better performer

Add up your scores:

40 or more shows you’ve got a pretty healthy set of thoughts and behaviours around change – you’re constantly seeking out opportunities to change and learn.

30 – 40 shows that you generally embrace change – you probably regularly think about what you can do better and make changes but you could be even more proactive in trying out new things.

20 – 30 shows that you don’t always see change as positive or an opportunity to learn and improve, so you might resist or avoid change.

20 or below shows you really don’t like change! You’re pretty happy maintaining the status quo – what works isn’t broken, right?! You might see change as disruptive and therefore you probably don’t make too many changes or seek out opportunities to change.

2. Some reflection.

Over the past 6 months choose an example of when you’ve demonstrated a great mindset and response to change, and when you haven’t.

Helpful approach to change Unhelpful approach to change
1. mindset


1. mindset


2. your response/actions


2. your response/actions


3. Embracing change

What can you do to make your mindset even more helpful here so you know what’s helpful to think and are better are thinking it?

Idea What I’ll be thinking and doing – get specific!

Your plan

Get a plan Stan.

The basics you need to have in your plan are set out below. As well as these we’d encourage you to:

  • Think about the people who need to know that you’re using this tool and tell them what you’re doing. That way they can support you and won’t think you’re just being weird.
  • Think about the impact you want from using this tool. Depending on your starting point, how hard you work and how ambitious you are, you might not get that impact straight away. So valuing progress rather than perfection will help build your confidence and keep you going.

Plan basics

  1. What are you going to do? (This bit is easy – it’s probably the things listed above.)

    My actions:

  2. When are you going to do these things? (You don’t have to be great to get going, but you better get going if you want to be great)

    My start date:

  3. How often will you be doing them? (Getting great has a lot to do with making things a habit)

    Check-in frequency and dates:

Get serious

The difference between having a plan and making it work is about action. So get this in your diary now. Tell the people who need to know so that they can support you and won’t just think you’re being weird. Do it now.

Remember, it’s progress not perfection. You’re looking for gradual improvement, not for Rome to be built in a day.