Understanding Psychology of Change

This course will teach you how to handle change in your professional career and help others to do the same. You will learn the psychology of change and how embracing it as an opportunity is a powerful skill.
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(22)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 10, 2020
Duration
1h 4m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(22)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 10, 2020
Duration
1h 4m
Description

We live in a constantly changing world, which can bring a lot of negative emotions to managers and employees in teams when facing change. However, there are other ways to view these types of events - as an opportunity to grow, develop, and learn new things, and even secure promotion. In this course, Understanding Psychology of Change, you will learn to embrace and manage change. First, you’ll explore what events trigger a change in the workplace and what the most common reactions to it are, including fear. Next, you’ll discover the benefits a change can bring to an individual and an organization, as well as how change is inevitable. Finally, you’ll learn how to embrace change and apply strategies to help you cope with it in your daily life. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to embrace and manage change to help your team, organization, and you personally succeed in this uncertain world.

About the author
About the author

Aleks is responsible for the software delivery and his current role as a Technical Project Manager allows him to take the role as a Product owner and a trusted adviser to the end customer. He is also a mentor for early stage Startups. His experience includes: developing software, designing the architecture, being a team leader and gathering user requirement.

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Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Aleksander Vladimirov, and welcome to my course, Understanding, Psychology of Change. I am a solution engineering manager, and I have experienced many changes in my professional career, from changing a manager, responsibilities, department, and business domain. On top of that, a company I worked for was restructured, and another one was acquired. I know personally the pain from having to adopt to a change. That's the reason I believe this course will be extremely useful for you. This course will give you the right tools and mindset to tackle personal or professional change in your life. You can apply the learned to support your team as well. Some of the major topics we will cover include the change cycle, what mindset you need to adopt to accelerate change, strategies to accelerate the change in your organization. By the end of the course, you'll have a solid foundation about the change process and pitfalls. I hope you'll join me on this journey to psychology of change with Understanding Psychology of Change course, at Pluralsight.

Embracing Change and New Opportunities
The last tool you'll learn is a special goal setting sheet. The first part is to define an outcome. What do you want to achieve? For each goal, you should have one outcome. A common mistake here will be if you choose a broad goal. It is better to narrow down the goal. The benefit is a clearer outcome. The next step is to define the context from which you start. Before you achieve the goal, there could be a physical reality. For fitness goals, it could be how much you wait. In case of company change, you might mention internal political situation. Who are your supporters and gatekeepers? Options or opportunities is the exploration phase on the model you learned before. There's always more than one way for you to achieve something. Write down all the options, and made a decision which one you explore first. Our resistance to change comes from our internal fears. What are your internal fears preventing you to embrace the change? Fear of unknown, imposter syndrome, not being good enough for this position, being too young or too old. It is important to acknowledge those fears. Having a strategy how to overcome them is the next part of the goal‑setting process. There will be fears, and you will procrastinate. It is important to prepare at least some ideas what you will do when such behavior happens. The last step is visualization. How do you know what your end goal will look like? How will it feel, smell, look like, taste? You can use all your senses and create one very vivid and motivational picture. And remember, change is inevitable, and it's waiting for you. Use the strategies mentioned here, and embrace it. Now you should have tools and knowledge on how to embrace the change and support you and your team in this journey. You learned one very effective to for goal setting. You learned pitfalls that you should look for on your journey. Remember, you want to embrace an integrated change as fast as possible. In the next module, you'll learn how the way we perceive things affects our ability to adopt change. See you there.