The change: between crisis and transformation
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Julián Jiménez, Human Talent Director at Cidenet, tells us his perspective on change and when it becomes a crisis or transformation.
Before starting this writing, I wanted to address many possible issues that currently impact the reality of our world. I went through thinking about the management of organizational change in times of crisis, I also wanted to address mental health in the context of the uncertainty that we experienced due to the pandemic, I even explored the possibility of launching into my concept of strategies, tools, and methodologies for team management in remote work. In the end, I paused and realized that it would be talking about the same thing that others express in different blogs or press articles and that it would become one of the topics promoted in Webinars and virtual discussion spaces.
With the above, I want to clarify that I do not make an insane criticism. Furthermore, I must admit that I have participated in these spaces and that each one of them has allowed me to approach the understanding of the various positions that currently exist in the world and the perception of reality, in a particular way, in each thinker.
Therefore, I came to the conclusion that the best thing would be to try to build a reflection that, without being pretentious, would allow me to find myself and return to the essential, to the search for meaning.
But how can we speak of the essential without stopping to think about what is constant in life itself and that does not stop its march despite the walls that appear (often unconsciously) to “protect” us from its influence? Well, I think it is nothing more than the engine that generates all the transformations, change. On second thought, it does not stray far from one of the topics that were the initial reason for this writing.
The concept of change has been developed from different philosophical, scientific, administrative, spiritual and psychological currents, and we live it at every step we take in everyday life, without realizing that it is part of a dynamic that has no end, as it is a milestone invisible from individual, organizational, cultural and social transformation.
I will stay with a simple definition that addresses change as that action or process through which we leave a particular situation, to locate ourselves in a different one; and if this definition places us in a place of decision and active participation, perhaps, we can internalize that, although we do not fully control what motivates the change, it is our responsibility to take the conscious attitude of undertaking paths that locate us in places and different behaviors, which ultimately lead us to obtain the results and the external response that we expect or desire.
“When we thought we had all the answers, suddenly all the questions changed.” Mario Benedetti.
There is something particular about change, and that is when the meaning begins to become clear, the movements that make it come, that what we build is not perceived with the same clarity and that we must rethink the ways of seeing beyond the built wall. The world is pressing, the crisis is pressing, and different questions arrive. Circumstances that make our search for purpose transform, leading us to start the process all over again and driving the need to break, many times, what we have just built, perhaps, because what was the purpose for what was erected, in the new circumstances that life imposes on us, not what protects us or allows us to remain in the world.
However, and although at every moment we realize that change is constant, not always, people and groups, we undertake the path with the same disposition, understanding that it is better to stay where we are than to start a process, often painful and full of uncertainty, which implies the search for meaning.
It seems that nothing changes, but this occurs because we resist doing it, and what we are unable to digest is, perhaps, the very reason for the resistance. Any social and collective transformation always begins with an individual transformation, there is undoubtedly no other way.
Resistance starts from the individual and can configure a collective thought that strongly affects the behaviors of society, it is thus, that when investigating the impact that it generates in us, one can identify, on the one hand, the negative consequences that this brings, because it limits our normal development, but on the other hand, the opportunities that are shown by the level of inner consciousness, which determines that the steps that we will take towards the search for meaning, do not have points of distraction and can be managed assertively. Let us not forget that we are constantly experiencing moments of self-sabotage that seek to prevent this stormy path from being avoided and to remain where it apparently generates security and stability.
“It is not the strongest species that thrive, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is best adapted to change.” Charles Darwin
Currently, the world is facing a process of change that makes us question ourselves about the role we have in it. In the current chaos that we are facing, due to the state of crisis that COVID-19 brings, there is a real need for transformation, because if we do not take action, the losses will be costly and painful. The millions of years of evolution have shown us that this world, with all the beings that are part of it, has been transformed and has remained due to its capacity for adaptation.
It is not only the current state of emergency due to the virus that is putting us in check and pressing for change, it is our planet. He who, for many years, has been experiencing a crisis at environmental and social levels. We still do not realize (or do not want to) that we have been facing a crucial moment, and that if we do not act quickly, we will be condemned to face the loss of our home, and in that sense, our life, for which reason, any material purpose will lose validity. However, most of us still wait for the crisis to end, and return, as soon as possible, to the state of “normality” without realizing that these transformation processes will make the world not the same and should not be the same, because as they say out there, whoever does not learn or ignore their past is condemned to repeat it.
If change is the only constant and we face it at every moment of life, our sense of life may be evolutionarily transformed in every action we take, in this way, there can be no search for meaning, nor the purpose of life. , without crossing the path of change, and only those who dare to walk the trails can build, at least momentarily, what will give it meaning. It applies to individuals and groups, call it family, society, or organization.
In the end, what remains in evidence is that most of the time is in the crisis, and even in the experience of the limit, where the transformation is taking place, since it would seem that only the deep need for change makes us human beings mobilize, leaving aside fear and facing the conflict that the process can provoke, with a decision and conscious attitude.
Hopefully, as a species, we will see the crisis as an opportunity for transformation and take active participation to make the changes that are needed, based on the firm conviction that from my individual action and from the definition of a personal purpose, with an impact on what Collectively, we can achieve the next level of evolution and preservation, which is ultimate to attain the meaning of personal life.
“Whoever wants will find a way; who doesn’t, an excuse ”. Arabic proverb