1. Change is a process, and that process can be chaotic and contentious. People do not like change because they are not in control, it is uncertain, they don’t like surprises, it’s different, they are defensive, they question their competence, it creates more work, it overreaches, there are past resentments, or it threatens to hurt their future (Kanter, 2012). We can focus on these negative aspects of change, or we can take Paul’s advice to the Philippians:
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:6-8 New International Version)
 
How can we focus on the positive benefits of change instead of the negatives? How can we let God help us to focus on the good, and how can we help others in our organization to think about such things?
 
Kanter, R. M. (2012). Ten reasons people resist change. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2012/09/ten-reasons-people-resist-chang
 

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Choose one of the following questions for an initial post. In your response post, choose to respond to at least one person who answered the other question.

Question 1: Review the essential characteristics of change leaders (Cawsey, Deszca, & Ingols, 2016, pp. 262-265). Which of the six characteristics best describe your leadership? Which one characteristic do you need to improve the most? How does your faith impact your desire to grow in this area?

Question 2: Cawsey, Deszca, and Ingols (2016) provided a list of “rules of thumb for change agents” (p. 284). Thinking back on a change that your organization attempted to implement, choose three of these insights that would have made the change more successful. What change models or theories that you have learned about would include these rules of thumb?

 
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