Just as a shoestring budget can spark amazing creativity, so can recessions and “tough times” inspire people and companies to reinvent themselves. Change is inevitable, both in personal journeys as well as professional careers. The key to success is knowing what to do in tough times, using change as a catalyst for personal and professional growth.
Course ID: CATALYST
Seven Catalysts for Change in Tough Times
- Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Cite the impact of personal and professional change, including health concerns and stress levels
- Relate recent decades of recessions to various economic responses, by industry sector
- Outline seven catalysts of change and how they can be applied to promote personal and professional growth.
- The psychological effects of change: Present the psychological effects of change; review “Life Change Index” from research performed by Holmes and Rahe; review 3 phases of change as per William Bridges in Transitions, especially the “Neutral Zone” phase.
- Recent Recessions: Review 3 decades of recessions (the Baby Boomer Recessions) highlighting personal lessons learned, referencing graphs from US Bureau of Labor Statistics showing length and depth of 4 recessions: July 1981, June 1991, Feb 2001, Dec 2007. Engage participants in open dialogue about their experiences or perspectives of these recessions
- Life Change Toolset: Review “Life Change Index” by Holmes and Rahe using speaker’s own personal experience as case study, and invite participants to score their own. Introduce the Circle Exercise and how to use this practical tool to handle stress and change
- Seven Catalysts for Change: Present “7 Catalysts for Change” as proposed by speaker, using personal and professional examples to support: Balanced Life, Unique Alliances, Expanded Horizons, Pursuit of Passions, Inspirational Mentors, Giving Back, Positive Storytelling
- Call to Action: Provide summary of key points, engage questions and answers, and wrap with a call to action.