The wind of changePublished: 2021-02-18 12:57
Beginning of February, it has been announced that Global Sourcing will transform its organization. This implies a lot of changes, our roles will evolve, so will do our daily tasks and routines, in the seek of flexibility and efficiency. Such evolution is common for all global companies, and when you have such big projects as EWOW (Essity Way Of Winning), you can’t expect anything else!
I’ve never been afraid about change. On the contrary, change acts like kind of a boost for me, as it’s synonym of new challenges, new things to learn, new interactions. I’ve changed jobs and activities so many time already, I’m quite use to it. From carpenter to journalist, from radio host to worker in a brewery, from railroad traffic controller to French teacher, from assistant nurse to process analyst… A lot of new experiences, a lot of adaptation, and a lot of difficulties to overcome. Who knows, I might end up as an astronaut. I heard the European space agency is recruiting new crew members…
But for sure, not everybody is comfortable with change. I would even say that it’s quite unnatural to feel comfortable. Human being’s natural behavior tends to articulate itself around habits, safety zone, known environment. And those can lead to wonderful developments, as Charles Duhigg explains in ”The Power of Habit”, but it can be a good strategy to change the habits in an organization, if the transformation is handled the best way possible.
My recommendations for all of those who can face such change is to take all the positive aspects that come with it:
Being out of your comfort zone is the way to improve yourself, to become better, to widen to knowledge. Getting out of this safety bubble is how athletes push their limits and write new records. That’s how Nils Van der Poël, 24 years old buddy from the small speed skating club of Trollhättan, became double world champion last week-end, on 5000 and 10.000 meters, beating at the same time the world record on the 10.000 meters. But he didn’t do it alone. He trained a lot, more than anybody else according to his coaches and opponents. And this is a point important to take in consideration: the support that you get. Support in change is a pillar to make it successful. The fears and worries must be taken care of, you need to feel that you have someone who can help you during this transition phase, to make sure that everything keeps working properly and nothing is forgotten on the way.
In the future, a lot of people will belong to international teams, more international than previously, and this is a great way to improve your language skills, as it is to discover how the cultural aspects can have an impact on our way of working. For sure, there might be a couple of confusing moments, a bit of misunderstanding on some points, due to cultural differences. And luckily, we have some powerful learning tools, as the Learning Compass, where everybody can find trainings to be prepared for this.
Good also to remind yourself that new teams means meeting new people, having new colleagues in your network, and get the social interactions that might have been lacking during the past year.
And you, how do you see this incoming change?