It is important for us to know this so we can expand ourselves to embrace the challenges that change introduces rather than try to stop what is an integral part of life.
Understanding Change is a way of pulling ourselves out of the vortex of a problem and examining it objectively from the outside, at least rationally if not experientially.
The Understanding Change model of management emerged out of a desire to discover why a person who, previously capable and healthy, will suddenly develop unheralded medical conditions that may lead to debilitating illness. Without measurable or identifiable anatomical or physiological abnormalities, these new disorders were considered to have arisen as a result of the effects of stress, either imposed from environmental factors or generated within as an inappropriate response to them. The only variable was that conditions changed – environmentally, socially, or experientially. The person was either not prepared for the challenge the changed conditions brought or felt that they were unfair and thus not deserving of attention.
This spurred the evolution of a desire to counsel the recipient toward self-development rather than attachment or bonding with another person for support or direction, a technique that is based on the presumption that the other person is better equipped with natural talents or the recipient is less so. The Understanding Change management model is built on the acceptance that everyone is equally equipped to reach a state of fullness, but it must be developed purposefully. No one is better, just better prepared.
There is the further assertion that the mind does not mature naturally as a product of biological growth and aging. A person cannot “know” simply because the body has reached a certain age or that he/she has inherited the genes of a successful forebear. He/she must be stimulated with ingredients of information, discipline and encouragement, ingredients that are neither organically derived nor financially acquired. Although a person can become quite accomplished without polishing this asset but relying on physical assets like the biological strengths of determination, social connections, or material possessions to provide a position of authority, that success is limited and fragile.
Thus, when the strengths these convey are lacking relative to the condition to be managed, defensive or instinctual behaviors come into play and reveal an erratic or inappropriate responses that seem to define impropriety in the person. But they are only stand-ins, substitutes that back up the flailing or insufficiently energized psycho/social/spiritual values and understanding.
It is the mandate of the human being to stimulate and develop this deeper asset. Thus, when it is not the primary attribute driving success but is replaced by other assets out of choice or necessity, instinctual responses can become the most reliable or perhaps only strength. It is the reliance on these natural, instinctual responses as the mainstay of behavior that is revealed as improper or unhealthy behavior. Because this is a lack rather than a damage, it is foolhardy to try to fix it. It is, therefore, more expedient to build what is not there rather than fix what isn’t damaged but functioning within its design limitations. Filling the deficit can then give a person the strength to go forward with self-determination and self-actualization, not a chronically fragile existent needing to be sheltered from the ravages of life just to survive. This reveals that we do not use the medical model that looks for a disease process and tries to fix that. Rather, we look for an opportunity to inspire and provide enlightenment.
The comparison is that, when faced with a half-empty glass, it is foolhardy to focus on removing the emptiness. It is more productive to increase the fullness. This can be a powerful tool for the executive or professional who may have focused successfully on building great strength within a narrow focus just as it can be useful to the lost soul who never had the opportunity to realize the power within that can also be stimulated to heights that are as great as anyone else can reach.