Human beings have a habit of resisting change. But at the same time, we are often driven by curiosity and stay excited to seek novelty. The competition between resisting and embracing the change occurs at hardwiring of our brain.
Two main channels help us make decisions in our day-to-day life: The Survive Channel and the Thrive Channel. Threats trigger the former, and it often leads to feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear. These emotional responses activate the sympathetic nervous system while directing all our attention to eliminate the potential threat. On the other side, Thrive Channel is triggered by opportunities, and it links to feelings of passion, excitement, enthusiasm, and joy. These triggers affect the parasympathetic nervous system while allowing our minds to broaden the thought process and identify new ways to grow.
Adopting the change in an innovative and fast manner means preventing overheating of Survive Channel and allowing Thrive Channel to work actively so that people or organizations can lead to innovation, adaption, and growth. Organizations that are willing to adopt changes quickly need leaders who know how to handle the overheating of Survive Channel and amplify the feelings associated with Thrive channel for themselves and the associated teams.
Modulating Survive Channel:
The traditional approach to change management focuses on budgets, timelines, documentation, impact assessment, communication broadcasts, and management control. Although these practices may be effective at removing obstacles and solving implementation-related problems, they often trigger Survive responses. Therefore, experts at Global Investment Strategies advise following some trusted tactics to curb the Survive channel to avoid feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear.
The first task leaders need to do is get rid of distracting noise blocking the relevant information. For example, instead of going through detailed customer satisfaction surveys, monthly budget updates, spreadsheets, and business operation artifacts, it is better to focus on more relevant information to develop new ideas. At the same time, you need to eliminate unnecessary uncertainties by implementing transparency in the system.
Activating Thrive Channel:
When you are successful at modulating Survive Channel, it automatically creates space to activate Thrive Channel, which is further linked to positive behaviors such as initiative, high engagement, collaboration, and innovation. Experts advise focusing on opportunities instead of threats, even when you are facing continuous setbacks and failures. Understand the requirements of customers, suppliers, employees, and community and then identify some innovative solutions to serve them.
Instead of feeling depressed about failures, learn to celebrate every little progress you make in a project. Communicating, recognizing, and applauding achievements brings positive energy to the workplace, and your teams may work more actively to achieve goals. Successful leaders prefer delegating and encouraging change to inspire initiatives, and people start investing their time in achieving outcomes.
These simple tips and tricks can soon help growing businesses to achieve a higher success rate with the easy adaption of change.