I heard someone described as “not receptive” to change but, “accepting” of change.
That’s quite a paradox. Here’s how I interpret that statement. When introducing change, the person has reservations. May be hesitant. May resist.
But, when the change seems apparent, the person is all in. They lean fully into it. She is fully committed to making the new situation work.
I began to consider how “receptivity” and “acceptance” could be a good way of describing anyone’s change nature.
I have known people who are neither “receptive” or “accepting.” Most of those people are terminally unhappy. They spend their time worrying about pending change and grieving the changes that have occurred. They are distinctive by the energy wasted on the negative. I fear organizations populated by such folks are doomed.
I have known people “receptive” but not “accepting.” They are attracted to the “new” and “novel.” They seem all in, but they don’t put the effort in to make the change stick.
To be “receptive” and “accepting” has merit. It’s a solid strategy given the pace and the rate of change we all face today.
To tend toward “receptivity” acknowledges our reality that change is heading your way. If you are receptive, you have a chance to “happen” to the change as it occurs. We aren’t helpless in the face of change. We aren’t powerless. To be receptive means, you engage it. You don’t ignore it.
To work toward acceptance allows you to become more competent in the choppy waters that change brings. If acceptance is your mindset, change does not phase you.
If you surround yourself with folks of the same mindset, you won’t be victims. You will be conquerors.
When change comes your way, receive it. Accept it. Happen to it and win!
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.