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Why Is Change So Scary?

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Why Is Change So Scary?

In a few days we’ll be celebrating Halloween here in the states. The role Halloween plays at different points in life is kind of funny. You love dressing up as a kid and getting as much candy as you can. Then you reach an age where it’s just not cool anymore to dress up and go around your neighborhood asking for candy (my mom has a policy that if the trick or treater is taller than she is, she won’t give them treats). Just when you think you’re done with dressing up, you get to college and young adulthood and the costuming resumes.

I remember the first year I decided not to dress up. It felt a little weird being on the other side, handing out the candy rather than collecting it. In some ways it symbolized a departure from innocence to responsibility. The next year didn’t seem so strange, and then it became more and more fun to be on the other side and show off that I was “older.”   This got me thinking about change and transition.

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Tips for Communicating to Employees During Change

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Tips for Communicating to Employees During Change

We often work with companies who are going through a state of change, and I’ve experienced many of these projects during my management consulting days. Organizational change is tricky, and very few companies are successful at it. In fact, a study done by Towers Watson found that only 25% of companies see long-term success from a change. The study cites communication as part of this failure – about two-thirds of senior managers and only about half of middle managers say they receive the messages.

In so many of the projects we work on, it always comes down to communication. And this makes sense – it’s such a part of human relationships. How many times have you found yourself in an argument with a significant other because of a break in communication? Or how many times have you left a meeting and thought you were all on the same page only to find out everyone had very different takeaways?

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