Why is change so exhausting?
What is it about change that we find so difficult? Why is it burning us out and making us depressed?
Neuroscience tells us that our brain simply hasn’t evolved much over thousands of years. Even positive change can trigger the same fight/flight/freeze reaction our ancestors may have had to a lion prowling around outside the cave. So, as project managers, how do we overcome this primal stress response in ourselves and our colleagues and move towards lasting change?
In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks with organisational change coach and project manager Jay Stone about the way our brains are wired to respond to change. Jay is the founder of Stone Changes, which supports women change leaders, and has been profiled as part of Elise’s Celebrating Women in Project Management series.
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About Jay Stone:
Jay Stone is a wife, world explorer, female empowerment and youth development advocate, change rebel and environmental enthusiast. But formally, she’s a Change Project Manager and qualified Corporate and Executive Coach, leading international project teams in the Media and Entertainment industry.
She has experience delivering tradeshows of 56,000+ attendees from 150 countries. Some of her proudest achievements include co-creating a Women’s Leadership Programme in partnership with Imperial College London and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, addressing the widening inequalities for women. She produced and chaired a series of Diversity and Inclusion sessions with speakers from ITV, Britbox and BAFTA, exploring how diversity in media produces innovation. She delivered a series of change resilience workshops to young female adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. And recently, she was a winner of the #BackHerBusiness Funding Competition by Natwest and Crowdfunder to create a social change project for 2020 to safeguard women in business from burnout.
The #MakeChangeYourBtch Online Toolkit, A Woman’s Way to Master Change at Work will help female managers navigate change in a volatile business world.
You can connect with Jay on LinkedIn.