Change Implementation Techniques for Laying a Foundation for New Ways

Technique 1.41 Five Major Events of Your Life

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. You cannot help but understand a person if you know their story. The understanding gleaned can be positive forces in any type of relationship.

. Review your life and list the 5 major events (positive and negative) that were pivotal in your life and describe the impact of each. Whether you share this information is your decision. These events can be personal.

Details Impact

Event 1

Event 2

Event 3

Event 4

Event 5

. A variation of this is to realise that we are hardwired to be alert for things that might mean danger; in current times in the workplace this can as a threat to our job security, our career progression or our relationships with colleagues and managers. Because of this, we remember the tiny criticisms and forget the many compliments, ie

"...It is so ingrained into us to look at the negative, or where we need to improve..."

Gretchen Spreitzer as quoted by Fiona Smith, 2008c

One way to handle this is to concentrate on our strengths rather than weaknesses by asking colleagues, managers, direct reports, family, friends and others who know you well to describe the times they have seen you at your best.

(source: Fiona Smith, 2008c)


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