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Ann Salerno and Lillie Brock bring good cheer and great advice to a potentially depressing topic. Millions of people face altered lives and circumstances they never imagined possible. They have to change their lives in unexpected ways without preparation. The authors present their six-step “Change Cycle” as a simple, practical way to understand how your emotions work during such shifts and what you need to do to get your life back on track after massive change. Each stage of the process helps you determine what you have to do to master change, and to get to the next stage of adaptation as quickly and constructively as possible. By cheerfully emphasizing the present, and by showing you how to take small, effective steps into the future, Salerno and Brock help you realize that success is possible. They use real life stories to illustrate the ideas and principles they want you to try. getAbstract thinks this easy-to-read, breezy manual will help those who are dealing with job loss, involuntary job change, mandatory relocation or other traumatic shifts.

About the Authors

Ann Salerno is a trainer, consultant and the author of four books. Lillie Brock is a speaker and facilitator, and co-authored Caring Commitment and Choices. Together they created the Change Cycle Series.

 

Summary

The Only Constant Is Change

Change is a fact of life. Your company probably engages in multiple change initiatives that require you to alter the way you work and to learn new skills. You might be required to move or you might even lose a job you thought was secure. Choosing change is one thing, but having it imposed on you without warning and with no choice can be a difficult, life-wrenching experience. Most people feel anxious when they hear rumors of change, and even more anxious when they confront it. If not managed, this anxiety can spin out of control and become destructive.

If you understand and work with the six stages of the “Change Cycle,” you can cope with your anxious thoughts as you go through each stage. Don’t passively accept change that is forced upon you. Address it by understanding and using the change cycle. You can learn techniques and exercises that will help you constructively engage in the change process, and end up stronger, more flexible and more experienced.

“Change Cycle Stage 1: Moving from Loss to Safety”

Sudden – especially big – change can be shocking. Uncertainty causes fear and fills you with a sense of loss. You long ...


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