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Pivot Your Perspective

Pivot Your Perspective As I did in the introduction, I am going to use the concept of left-brain and right-brain throughout our discussion of change. Having a shared language and understanding will be essential from here on out. The left-brain is verbal, logical, structural, and of a sequential-processing orientation- typically, looking at individual pieces first, and then creating a holistic Change, in its simplest form, is the act of moving from a current state, through to a transitional s tat e , to a future state. picture. The right-brain is non-verbal, intuitive, and of a more instinctual, simultaneous-processing orientationtypically, looking at the holistic picture, and then the individual pieces. Neither modality trumps the other; both have shared importance. What is essential to understand is that most of us have a tendency to face change in either a left-brained or a right-brained way. It can be said that, emotionally, most of us are averse to change. Why is that? It is because change can take a negative form—like losing something or 18

Our Understanding of Change someone we love and enjoy. It triggers an embodied experience for us. We feel change, and even if we define it by both negative and positive emotions, the negative experiences create the most emotional aversion to change. Our emotional embodiment of a change event triggers our right-brain or left-brain tendency. Meaning, if I have a left-brain tendency, then while under emotional duress, I will tend to gravitate towards a leftbrain style of response. This in itself is not negative; however, what we forgo is the opportunity to assess the change event—to understand if the event calls for more process and rigor, or creativity and intuition. A lack of awareness on our part creates a situation where we could apply the wrong approach and not realize it. When you or I initiate change, it is usually after some period of introspection. Even when the change seems quick and radical, when we look back, we can see trail markers that indicate the change was thought about for some period of time before being initiated. What is important to understand is that the change initiator (you or I) has had time to ramp up mentally and emotionally, thoroughly processing the change prior to activating it. Conversely, the change receiver or receivers have not had the same opportunity to ramp up. It becomes important, then, to think about the needs of those on the receiving end of the change— particularly their time to prepare, process, and come to terms with the change they are being asked to participate in. Additionally, understanding your right PAGE 19

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