Making a Change

October 9th, 2015 by Caitlin Morrow

I recently made a significant change in my life; on 17th September I left Steps after being part of the company for 10 years. I’ve stepped into the world of freelancing, as a designer and facilitator of change programmes and to explore new possibilities and horizons. I will continue to develop learning initiatives; something I have a passion for and am attached to, as a Steps freelance associate. So why was it still hard to make the decision to change?

Well, for a start, Steps is a wonderful company to work for. The work is inspiring and cutting edge, the people care, you feel part of something, you feel valued, you feel safe. So, leaving this to step into an unknown is not easy to do. Why leave something when it feels safe to be there?

For me, it was about the desire to explore new possibilities, with the knowledge and belief that making a change would lead to new possibilities.

So, do we need to make big changes to see new possibilities? Not in my view, the change can be small but have a significant impact. Change is an option in every moment, we have the power to change the situation, change our thoughts and change our actions. It’s a personal decision that has personal and public impact. But we are only truly open to change when we are willing to explore our own thinking and beliefs.

Steps deliver inspiring programmes on change in both the micro and macro aspects of human behaviour. The initiatives give rise and consideration to change in thinking, skill and strategy so that taking personal action has a different and more positive effect on individuals and organisations. Specifically, the work on unconscious bias asks people to consider their thinking, where it arises from and how it affects their decision-making. It asks people to become detectives of their own thinking, questioning the ‘facts’ and what they ‘know’ to be true. This leads people to change the way they view and respond to different people. It enables organisations to become more inclusive and open-minded and creates a change in the make-up of teams, decision-making and organisational effectiveness.

"The world we have created is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." - Albert Einstein

What of the charge ‘we don’t want change for change's sake’. Who does? To me this statement is underpinned by fear, it’s a phrase that helps us feel safe in what we ‘know’ – ultimately it is tinged with arrogance, it suggests ‘I can’t improve on this’. This thinking can mean that we stay with something that is working but we are blinded to how it could work better, more effectively. We have made a decision and we won’t move from it. If things couldn’t be improved or developed, then organisations would not expand their products or services. They would stick with what they know.

We are an intelligent life force, we know there’s always something new out there – we just don’t always know what it is. So, welcome change, in all aspects of your lives. Change is for betterment, for development, for new possibilities. Now that’s something to aspire to.

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