Shrink The Change

September 2, 2013 2 Comments

Our emotional response to change is critical. Emotions provide great energy, either to resist or enable difficult change. In Chip and Dan Heath’s book Switch, the emotional response to change is portrayed as an elephant. One of the suggestions they give for dealing with the elephant is to shrink the change. Many of us will associate this with the advice to “eat the elephant one bit at a time.”

shrink the changeIn this video, I follow-up my story of personal change and describe how when faced with a huge elephant of change, the only way I survived and eventually thrived was to shrink the elephant that threatened to stomp me. I hope you take the time to watch this short video. When you do, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d be especially interested to learn your own personal strategies for shrinking change.

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  1. Celeste Peterson says:

    Sometimes these tidbits come to a person at just the right time. As I am starting this EMBA program and my husband is considering a career change, we can only do pieces at a time, like you in the video. Often we write them down, literally, on a piece of paper and use a checkmark when complete. Little bits at a time. I would bet that Diana Nyad (64 year old swimmer from Cuba to FL) had a similar process in her mind.

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    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Welcome, Celeste. Very glad to have you in the program. Nyad is an amazing story of grit. Thanks! Bret

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