Empowering Extraordinary One of the challenges several of my clients face in their organization is the resistant to changes from their employees combined with a disgruntlement about how decisions are made. Through our work together, we explore specific techniques to address change along with the concerns of those they lead to help smooth the delivery and bring about a faster acceptance.

Accepting the changes we encounter whether it is in the workplace or at home, the sooner we can embrace the changes and flow with them, the more flexible and adaptable we become easing the discomfort we normally experience.

Nature exemplifies constant change and can help us to remember that change is inevitable and very often out of our control. This weekend I hiked up to a lake and enjoyed experiencing the changing of the seasons. Enjoy this 1 minute slideshow and refer to it when you find yourself resisting change and facing uncertainty with the alteration. From this slideshow, you can choose to see the beauty in change and let go and let life unfold.

To spur you on, Thomas S. Monson stated in his book, Pathways to Perfection;

“Our most significant opportunities will be found in the times of greatest difficulty.”

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Melinda is a select Columnist & Featured Contributor for BIZCATALYST 360° and a Member of the Forbes Coaches Council (comprised of Top coaches offering insights on leadership development & careers). Prior to executive coaching and leadership development, Melinda has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for almost 20 years. She leverages her strengths and insights from her psychology background to help leaders and managers in transition through increased self-awareness. Owner and founder of Success Starts with You, is based upon the premise that you are already successful. Increasing self-awareness to increase emotional intelligence and unlocking blind spots are paramount to continued success. Melinda uses assessments to help bring more awareness. Whether you are a leader or manager in transition, need a thought partner, or need to improve your professional presence, Melinda has developed unique and innovative techniques from her background to help you reach higher heights. Melinda received her Ph.D. in Jungian Psychology from Saybrook University and her Masters in Psychology from Pacifica University. Melinda has worked as a consultant with executives and businesses for over 20 years. As a result of her experience and studies, she has developed a unique craft to fine-tune leadership development for peak performance. She lives in Colorado with her big, beautiful dog, Stryder.
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Dr. Robert Bornhofen

Whereas most of us understand that the need to change is ongoing, it can be difficult and gutsy to do. For most people, to enable growth, it is necessary throughout one’s career to move out of their comfort zone from which to think differently, take calculated risks, and reignite the motivation. Constantly going through the motions and not changing reminds me of the hamster wheel. Who among us is searching for that passion, that positive, can-do energy to get back on track and fulfill new career aspirations?

Here comes my plug for Dr. Fouts. It takes a well-trained and experienced coach like Melinda to help individuals recognize the need for change, and how to act on this need.

Nice video, love the banjo music and dog.

Melinda Fouts, Ph.D. International Executive Coach
Melinda Fouts, Ph.D. International Executive Coach

Bob, thank you for your support and insightful comments. One area that is difficult for all those I coach is to catch themselves in their blind spot and try something different, as both you Ken mention, getting out of one’s comfort zone. Time and again, I will point out how the blind spot showed up once again, and I hear, “Why can’t I see that?!” Hence the blind spot. ;-)

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent

True people by nature resist change. Even those that profess to want it and embrace it do so with a certain hesitation and trepidation. Change drags us out of our comfort zone and into an unknown arena.

One mistake I see many leaders make is to try to change that. It is ingrained in us and the best leadership can hope for is to guide through the change (self and others) and not to change human nature.

Melinda Fouts, Ph.D. International Executive Coach
Melinda Fouts, Ph.D. International Executive Coach

Thank you, Ken for your comments. The more we can become comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity, the less we will resist change. As you point out, being sensitive to those who struggle with change can improve leadership.

Bernardo Munoz, LEED AP
Bernardo Munoz, LEED AP

Change in our lives as well as in the work place or home is part of life. It is the inevitable evolution of our creative mind to enhance our surroundings & lives. However, this is an area where we as humans find it difficult & confusing. We question often why do we need change?
Well, we need change to grow mentally & spiritually sometimes. The problem we all have is we have gotten use to the ‘Comfort Zone’ & we ask why fix it if it isn’t broken. Change is a necessary component in our lives & it has been since the beginning of time. Change is about growing intellectually it is about ‘Critical Thinking’ in our lives & putting those thoughts & concepts into practice. This act will enable growth & enhance your lives & business models what ever they may be. So, don’t be afraid to accept & embrace change in the end you will be happy.