We all handle change differently. Some race to accept it (usually leaders), some warm to it over time (majority), and some don’t embrace it until there is no other option. William Bridges wrote a great book on the topic – Managing Transitions – in which he described all change as loss. When leaders understand that all change brings the loss or death of something and creates a new pattern or norm, we can more readily walk next to those who don’t embrace change as quickly as we do. Bridges described the “nowhere between two somewheres” as the place people live before embracing or refusing to embrace a change.
I’m currently in that place about the iPhone 7. I don’t like it because a feature I require is missing. This will likely result in me moving away from an Apple phone for another brand. That is a huge shift for me. Although I normally embrace change rapidly and am an early adopter, this change has caused me to slow in my change process and become one who will hang on to her iPhone 6s until it no longer works.
Accepting change is dependent on the individual. Lead well in change. Love well in change.