How To Deal With Change

We hear a lot about the 5 or 7 stages of grief or reaction to the news of a terminal illness.

Interestingly we use the curve model originally created by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969 to talk about change management in today's corporate world. 

It has been questioned and is not perfect, but it is still very useful when going through layoffs, restructuring, etc.


Here is how to use this framework to your advantage:

1. Identify the change

2. Identify where you are on the curve based on the time since the change and your morale

3. Acknowledge the feeling and try working through it positively

4. Identify the next stage on the curve and prepare yourself to not be surprised this is coming

5. Know that acceptance is around the corner even if it takes a bit longer than you expect