Personal change management: 4 steps to change

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If you want to change your life and your profession, you have to approach the topic systematically. 4 steps help to address the issue.

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GGuido Ernst Hannig guido-ernst-haninguido Ernst Hannig is an expert on career change.


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The example

Some readers of my publications sometimes ask me whether they can contact the participants of the practical cases presented. You recognize similarities and would like to connect with the person in a social network. That is obvious and I like to connect suitable customers with each other, provided that both people agree.

In the case of Carsten J. Graf, however, this is not possible. Carsten is a person who is made up of characteristics from four customers that actually exist. I would like to use his example to show what a balanced path looks like in practice: I will describe his case for you. This will give you better access to the system and procedure.

Move or stay?

Carsten contacted me when he received a promise for classic outplacement from his employer. The 45 year old graduate engineer and family man had been with the company for almost twenty years at the time of his agreement and most recently had headed a department.

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He had long been aware of the deliberations of the management to move the department abroad. The thought of moving to the South of France prepared his family and his head. For his wife, a move would have meant the end of her professional career.

Life under the magnifying glass

So he decided to take a close look at everything in his life. His original professional choice had been a one-sided and largely externally controlled decision.

The work component, that is, the income, performance and effectiveness forces, have already been nurtured in school time and studies. In the meantime, he also understood his roles that he had to make a career and a career choice that suited his male character.

“It has always been important to me that I can earn money with my job. I wanted family and I knew my wife was there to bring up the children. ”

Typical career

At that time, Carsten was very proud of the results achieved, and it was clear in the exercise of the location determination. In the years of construction, it is essentially the important market criteria for men which Carsten excellently mastered. However, he had particularly emphasized a component of his vocation and cultivated a rather unbalanced self-image.

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When his children first went their own ways, his wife developed his own and new career prospects. So far, his wife had been the person who had strengthened his back on his professional advancement. In addition, she protected him from the cares of the children and managed the household. As far as the other part of his life is concerned, one could say that Carsten would therefore achieve very low scores in personality tests in the other components.

With the WLS method, you can test for your personal location. Now it's time to evaluate the test in 4 steps.

1. Step:

Add the scores of your statements to the W + L + S components. Transfer the scores to the following table and determine the ranking that indicates which component is most distinctive:

  1. W:
  2. L:
  3. S:

2. Step:

You have sensed in your statements that all three components have a strong connection to each other. A lived vocation can never be separated from one of the three components. If one is neglected, sooner or later one of the other components will follow - and vice versa.

What does the score say?

A score on 30 makes it clear that this component is not only fulfilled in your practical life. You also feel the gratitude and joy of this very important vocation.

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A score under 20 makes it clear that some important aspects of this vocabulary component are not met. It is likely that these statements are also important stress points, which you must continue to do.

How do I deal with low scores?

For this reason, the exercise for determining the location does Sensein order not to rashly think about a professional reorientation. At this point you may find that a change is too early. This can be especially the case if you have determined a very low score in your statements about the component “Life”.

One possible reason for this is a disease or a current mental stress. In such cases I recommend that interested parties seek concomitant medical or therapeutic help. In any case, the course requires that you develop access to positive emotions. In case of a serious illness, I advise to postpone the start of a new professional life.

Caution should also be exercised in the event of a very low score in the “Work” component. First, talk to an expert advisor about your economic and / or professional situation. For example, stressful relationships in the workplace can influence performance to such an extent that the question of changing careers is quickly asked in an emergency.

3. Step:

In all other cases, your location determination should have encouraged you to enter the workshop.

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Select the components:

For each component, select the score with the lowest score. If you have given the lowest score in one component for multiple statements, select the statement that is currently most heavily loaded. Proceed in the same way, if you only want to optimize your professional situation. This will be the case if you have assigned the score 4 and more for a component.

You have now marked three statements. Here you see either a problem that burns under your nails, or an optimization point. Please enter into the following table a keyword to the statement.


With component S, you marked the following statement as a stressful problem or optimization topic: "In my work I feel motivated and committed." In any case, the aim of the course is to increase your motivation. Your keyword can be: “not (sufficiently) motivated”.

4. Step:

Your change process is closely related to your three topics (problem or optimization point). So start with the decision to formulate an encouraging request for each of the three components. In our example, the reinforcing wish could be: “I develop more motivation every day!”

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