Becoming a Change Thriver


Becoming a Change Thriver

Organizational change is personal when we are going through it, whether we are in the role of a change leader or not. As a human being, we cannot escape the cycle of change in our lives. We have no choice but to experience the breaking-apart stage of the change cycle. But we have choices in the exploration and break-through phases. We have the choice to thrive through change.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

Becoming a Change Thriver means that we grow to be change-ready—we have learned ways to embrace change rather than run away from it. Being a Change Thriver is not something we are born with. Although certain personality traits can make it more comfortable for some people to deal with change, for most people thriving in change is a developmental process. The first step to becoming a Change Thriver is to identify the essential characteristics and the role they play in making change an easier process for us. The next step is to take inventory of our skills and determine the additional skills we need to develop.

To thrive in change we need to examine 3 main sets of characteristics of Change Thrivers:

Internal Mind-Set and Beliefs

  1. Have a sense of their life purpose
  2. Incorporate their spiritual beliefs as a foundation in their daily life
  3. Strive to be true to themselves and are motivated to live their own truth
  4. Stay attentive to internal messages
  5. Trust in the process of their life
  6. Can let go of control in things they cannot control
  7. Practice an attitude of gratitude and seek the advantages in situations


  1. Cultivate a solid support network
  2. Care for their body, mind, and spirit during the process of change
  3. Honor and express their emotions
  4. Recognize the value of humor
  5. Have strategies to cope with uncertainty
  6. Stay open to possibilities
  7. Are adaptable


  1. Know and are confident in their own abilities
  2. Know their own shortcomings without judging themselves
  3. Think beyond the obvious
  4. Have the courage to be proactive
  5. Are willing to take prudent risks
  6. Are willing to follow through with plans and commitments
  7. Approach change holistically and take into account the impact of change on others

The more we learn and practice these skills, the easier it becomes to thrive in change as well as lead change.

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