Navigating Change: Slow Down Before You Land on Your Butt

Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Navigating Change: Slow Down Before You Land on Your Butt


So many of my clients are talking about change lately.

It can be big areas of change within their company: new objectives, hybrid working, or returning back to the workplace. It might be dealing with kids going back to school or college or changes in family situations with elderly parents.

If you find yourself in a time of great change that you hadn’t anticipated or prepared for, it can feel like it’s coming at you really fast. We scramble to do what we need to do to get through it and past it to the other side, which can often feel like you are running on ice, with no stability.

I actually think that the counter-intuitive response is what is actually being required of us. Slow down what you’re doing and take the change in your stride versus trying to quickly get over the hump of change and find a new normal.

Take slower steps, pause a little bit more before your quick decision-making kicks in that allows us to check that you still have your feet underneath you and to check in the environment around us that is changing, too. Slowing things down can help prevent you from landing on your butt on the ice.

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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