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Do you have Beginners Mind?

So many of my clients are in the midst of corporate change (a new Boss, massive reorganization; either layoffs or lots of new hires coming in the door.)  The natural response humans have to change (unless they are the ones in charge of it!) is to resist.  Resistance is spending energy in ineffective ways trying to make sense of the temporary chaos that accompanies every change.  So how to allow that change to happen more effectively?
Imagine that you are a new employee in your company.

Do you expect yourself to know all the who’s, why’s and what’s of the company right away? No.  As a “beginner” at this company (Day 1 of the change), do you trust that you’ll figure it out as you go along? Yes. Do you rail against the new company’s policies or ways of doing business because they’re different from your last company? No.
Experiment a little with imagining yourself as “just arrived” and see how adaptable you can be.  Although you cannot change the outward events, you do have a choice as to how you perceive them.
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few.
                                         Shunryu Suzuki

It's not what happens to us, its what we do with it.

Check out this link to see Matt Weinstein, the nations foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. He and his wife lost their entire life savings to Bernie Madoff.  He's reminding us that while we can't control others, we can control how we live our lives, what we focus on and what we do with bad news. 

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