I have never been change-averse. Over the course of my career, I have taken the Change Style Indicator several times. It’s an assessment tool that measures a person’s preferred style in approaching, addressing, and managing change. Your score puts you somewhere on the change style spectrum of Conserver, Pragmatist, or Originator:
Conservers are cautious, deliberate, and prefer incremental change that does not significantly disrupt the existing structure or system. They may appear resistant to change but they are also thoughtful about all the details and consequences.
Pragmatists are open to necessary, functional change and help facilitate it by listening, mediating, planning, and carefully considering all of the issues as they seek common ground. They are the practical project managers who actually make the change happen.
Originators are the disruptors with big ideas and a high tolerance for risk. They prefer change that is fast and radical and paradigm-shifting. They may appear to be unfocused, unorganized, and undisciplined, but they are more focused on the big, unconventional ideas than the details that surround them.
Seemingly unfocused, unorganized, and undisciplined? Check, check, and check. I have taken the assessment three times over the past 8-10 years and each time, I move even further along the Originator end of the spectrum. Last summer, as part of a Leadership Institute, I took it again and actually maxed out my score. Does that make me better or worse than others who are more conservative or pragmatic about change? Nope. Continue reading “50 Shades of Change”