Life forces us to evolve, adapt, grow and change. For most people, change is hard, whether we encounter it in our personal lives or our professional ones. Major changes in our personal lives could include a move to a new home (project-related change), a change in marital status (socioeconomic change) or welcoming a new baby (financial changes that may lead to a different lifestyle). We are seldom formally taught on how to deal with such changes effectively as part of our education and training.
Charles Darwin said that it is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change. As we enter into the business world, we face changes in technology such as platform modernization in a bank to accommodate more functions and digital applications. Change in corporate culture can come about as the result of a new CEO vision. A new vision will affect many changes in the back-end processes. Some of these changes can impact the corporate infrastructure and the systems running the organization. None of these changes can be successful unless we focus on the impact they have on people. These changes will impact every individual differently — by changing their job roles and functions; by creating new departments; letting some people go; and hiring new workers.
Businesses have been implementing changes in their environments and studying effective ways to implement change for decades. The discipline that studies this behavior is called change management. We can learn much from this discipline that positively impacts our personal and professional lives.