In a few presentations on the subject of change I have made a point that change is easier if it is for something we want to do than something our employer wants us to do. I use the example of how easy it is to change when we want a new cell phone. If we choose to change to a new cell phone you don’t hear a lot of grumbling. We tend to embrace the learning process and in a short period we know almost everything there is to know. We are telling everyone that will listen all we know and how wonderful our new phone is.
In reality not everyone adapts well to change even when they have elected the change. I find adapting to change is a mindset. Adapting to change involves learning and planning. I recently bought a MacBook Pro. I was up and running quickly. I just knew I could teach myself all I needed to know. I mean really, my business is about helping insurance agencies understand and maximize the use of their technology.
So I decided that I would commit time each week to going to Apple School and learn from the pros. It has really paid off. I was stumbling around trying to figure out how mail, ical and the address book could interact since they are separate. Well the answer is that they actually work together in a number of awesome ways.
I’ve spent time in a class on Pages which is Apple‘s word processing program. I need more time here to be as comfortable as I am in Microsoft Word but I think it will come very quickly. Monday I am taking a Keynote class. According to Michael Hyatt‘s various posts on this subject, Keynote is far superior to PowerPoint. So I am excited about moving on with Keynote.
So what do you do to accomplish change? I am always looking for pointers.