It seems that change is the inevitable constant at the moment but perhaps it was ever thus.
Whether it’s business, or staffing, or clients, or weather, or personal, it all keeps changing. Now, change is not a bad thing; far from it actually! How we deal with change depends on whether we view the world with the half-full or half-empty frame of mind. A half-empty viewpoint sees change as a negative, off-plan challenge that has to be overcome in order to progress, whereas the half-full perspective perceives change as an opportunity to explore new ways of working, to take advantage of new opportunities and to improve the service and quality of the business.
I am firmly in the latter camp and even when it feels like my whole world is turning upside down and changing, I see it as a means to make things better. I do find big change stressful, like any normal human being and I definitely don’t like conflict, but the more I experience it and the more complex it gets, the more confident I feel about taking advantage of the situation.
Here I have to temper this evangelical positivity with a heavy dose of reality. When the tide rose up to my front door just recently, it was very difficult to see the positives of wet feet and saltwater-sodden cars and that very strange feeling of being isolated by water. I sympathise with those who have suffered and continue to suffer far more than I, and I appreciate how difficult it is to see the positive in all this. We have donated to the Flood Fund here in Cornwall as well as donating small animal food to an animal rescue campaign run by our local vets practice. There are a vast number of animals across the UK, and particularly in Somerset, who are suffering, drowning in mud, stranded by water, with reducing food supplies and I am a massive softie when it comes to humans and animals in need.
It is hard to see how the recent floods and the related personal trauma, travel disruption and sheer destruction are positive but there will (I hope) be something good. Maybe the recent ‘money no object’ statement from David Cameron will lead to the development of much more successful flood defences? Maybe insurance companies will pay out to support those most affected by the floods? Maybe it will lead to an increase in business for a company who rescued my home when we had a house fire and who did the most fantastic job at looking after us and our home? Maybe it will generate a closer, more cohesive community in those areas where people have been through extraordinary situations? And maybe we will be able to see these positives once the floods have receded and the clear up has begun. In the meantime, we are thinking of all those who are affected by big uncontrollable change – wherever, whatever the change might be. Chin up brave soldiers! (As my Grandma used to say to me when I was upset.)
Claire Eason Bassett, Managing Director, Mackerel Sky Events