Change is a universal process

By Bill Born

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to hear Britt Andreatta, PhD, speak on the neuroscience of change. Her presentation focused on findings in her research documented in her most recent book, Wired to Resist. Given the nature of our work at Venture International with individuals and organizations often managing change, I found her presentation enlightening and applicable.

Whether intended or unintended, change impacts us professionally and personally. It can come through anticipated strategic planning or sudden surprise. Andretta noted change as constant, fast-paced and relentless in today’s global and technological world. And while research has focused on change theory and response regarding facts, structures and process plans, she noted significant opportunity to learn and address the transitional issues of change experienced on an individual emotional level.

Multiple variables are at play when we consider our own response to change and how we personally manage our change realities. As I listened, I considered change opportunities in my own life. I also thought about several of the clients I have had opportunity to work with as they faced change and considered new strategic opportunities. One of our VI resources, the Everything DiSC® assessment, provides an avenue for greater self-awareness and understanding to the unique styles and tendencies of others. Having a better sense of both can serve as a great asset when managing change, especially within teams.

Andreatta suggests most of us are wired to resist change. Without question, each of us handle it differently. As you consider your own emotional responses to change, or your organizational team’s management of change, I invite you to consider the DiSC® assessment to engage difference and understanding both on a personal and team level. More information regarding DiSC® and other team resources can be found at http://vianswers.com/team_building.html.