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Navigating Change: A CEO's Reflection on Embracing Transformation



Part 1: Facing Change

Change is an inevitable force that shapes the trajectory of our lives, and as the founder of fit-flavors, I'm here to share my perspective on facing significant changes in my business. In this two-part blog series, we'll delve into the challenges and positive aspects of change, exploring my personal journey as I welcome a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) into my company.


Challenges of Change:

Growing fit-flavors has been an incredible journey, but with growth comes the inevitable need for change. Establishing a steady flow amid ongoing changes and undergoing personal transformation can be tough, especially when communication during these transitions is clouded by uncertainty.


I've experienced the struggle of handing over operational tasks that have been weighing me down, acknowledging my own limitations in leading the company in certain aspects. The fear of the unknown and hesitation to act can hinder progress, emphasizing the importance of actively participating in the transformation.


Positive Aspects of Change:

On the flip side, I recognize the rewarding nature of change when navigating through it successfully. Change adds valuable experience to our journey and bears fruits of growth and progress. Embracing change means stepping into an elevated version of ourselves, blending the best of the past and present.


Journey Through Change:

Change doesn't always make me uncomfortable, but the current transition in my life, bringing on a COO, presents one of the most significant changes I have faced. I express both excitement for the business's success and uncertainty about my own role in the future.


I plan to use a framework I created to shift my mindset during this transition. Here are the steps I'll take:


Visualization: I've been visualizing having a partner on an executive level for years. Now, I need to spend more time envisioning what my role will look like in the future.

Recognizing False Narratives: I confront the negative thoughts that arise, such as the fear of losing respect or touch with the company's intricacies. I plan to challenge these narratives with positive affirmations.

Speaking New Narratives: To counter the negative thoughts, I will remind myself of the progress the company has made and our readiness for this step. I emphasize the importance of trusting the team and staying true to our vision.

Writing: I recognize the power of writing in transforming my thoughts into convictions. It not only instills confidence but also provides perspective and helps me detach from negative thoughts.

Reading/Education: Contemplating a book on hiring a COO, I plan to dive into "Rocket Fuel" to gain insights into partnering dynamics. Reading alongside a friend adds a collaborative element to the learning process.

Processing the Failures: I anticipate challenges in communication with the new COO and emphasize the importance of addressing miscommunications transparently for a successful transition.

Trusting the Process: Finally, I place ultimate trust in the process, underlining my faith in God and the belief that this transition is part of a divine partnership.


In Part 2, I'll further explore my journey and delve into the cleansing experience that accompanies embracing change. Stay tuned as I share more insights and reflections on navigating through transformative times.




Yours,

Jillian










 

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