Nick Tasler, an internationally acclaimed thought leader and Harvard Business Review contributor, joined us recently during the Executive Forum. He specifically addressed the immense challenge and change brought by COVID-19, saying, “For your organization, for your department, this is a golden opportunity the likes of which you may never see again.” Request the link to watch our in-depth interview with Nick Tasler.
Strategic change management has been a topic of study and practice among organizational leaders for many years. But, as we’ve all learned recently, change isn’t always a carefully planned and proactive process. 2020 brought change none of us had control over.
Nick Tasler is the author of Ricochet: What to Do When Change Happens to You, published in 2017. In Ricochet, Tasler identifies the characteristics that make some people adaptive and resilient, differentiating them from those who get stuck and fail to thrive during a challenge. Backed by research in psychology, he explains how being in a meaningful place in life often requires first being “in the belly of the whale.” Sometimes challenging circumstances bring about the most rewarding aspects of life. It is those challenges that make us more adaptive.
We can all think of moments in our lives where a change of circumstance revealed an inner strength and transformation. This can and does happen at the organizational level as well! Click here to request the link to our 60-minute interview with Nick Tasler. He talks about ways to help organizations create cultures of adaptability, how to move forward in adversity, and what advantages we might gain when we find ourselves “in the belly of the whale.”
Aleisha Gaalswyk Stephens
President, Anderson Center