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    Message of the Week 26 - 30 October 2020

    Week 44 | 2020
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    Change is here to stay

    How much change have you experienced over the COVID-19 pandemic? It is probably far more than you want, or even realise. Change isn’t always easy and it is anticipated that the changes we are experiencing in how we live and work may continue to have long-lasting effects across all sectors of business and society in general. 

    We are all having to change our business models and lives to adapt to a new global environment and rapidly changing customer habits. Change is taken so seriously in certain businesses that the title ‘Head Of Change’ has been created as a key position with a mandate to apply a structured approach to transitioning an organisation. Innovation is a necessity as we look to create new ways of doing things and new products and services to take to market. 

    Our task now is to develop flexibility and strength and to help each other embrace change and learn to thrive in times of uncertainty. As we experience strain in our personal and professional lives, there’s no doubt that the human factor is becoming increasingly important and has become synonymous with care. It is wonderful that it speaks directly to our management philosophy: “Do what is right as a human being”.

    This Forbes’ article offers some tips for dealing with change, including:

    1. Help others

    2. Embrace new opportunities

    3. Maintain relationships

    4. Accept rather than resist

    5. Overcommunicate

    Change can be a positive thing, ensuring a constant stream of fresh ideas and keeping energy and motivation levels high as we innovate and develop new skills. It helps to establish goals to stay focused and to objectively evaluate your business’s resources and abilities to keep things real. 

    While it can be disruptive and uncomfortable, with the right attitude and a specific set of actions, you can find the opportunity in any situation. Learn to embrace change, and you'll start to appreciate it for what it is: the chance to grow.

    Ian Dury - Business Support Manager - KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa

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