2020 was a year that forced us to make changes we didn’t want and wouldn’t have chosen to make, and we made them anyway. It was a year filled with disappointments, loneliness, disruption, and heartache for many, and we survived. It threatened our main sources of security, our health, employment, and relationships. It amplified our fears, tested our faith, and showed us we were more resilient than we ever thought we could be. It was a year we will never forget.

2020 was a year that forced us to make changes we didn’t want and wouldn’t have chosen to make…


It’s 4 a.m. and you are wide awake, worrying about all the bad things that could happen, feeling anxious, and unable to sleep. The fear you are feeling is self-imposed instead of a reaction to what is actually happening because at the present moment you are safe. There is nothing to be afraid of other than the imaginary reality that you have allowed the power of fear to create in your mind.

Sleeping at 4 a.m. is not easy when you are living in the misery of uncertainty, as many of us are with all that is happening in our…


Rita Burgett-Martell, a summa cum laude graduate of Belmont University in Nashville and the author of two books: “Change Ready! How to Turn Change Resistance into Change Readiness” and “Defining Moments: Seizing the Power of Second Chances to Create the Life You Want.” The practical guidance Rita provides is based on her thirty years of professional experience as an organizational change consultant to Fortune 500 clients and career coach to more than 11,000 individuals, plus her own experience …

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The Transitions Curve Model is commonly used to illustrate the different phases -and emotions- we experience as we move through the transition process that is triggered by change.


From the moment you realize change is inevitable to the moment you begin to feel comfortable again, you experience an in-between and uncomfortable time of transition. For a time, you’re carrying both the weight of the past and uncertainty about the future. It may feel like a huge stone tied to your back, making it difficult to move forward.

There will be moments when you feel exhilarated about new opportunities change creates. And then, there will be moments filled with fear about what lies before you that makes it difficult to keep going.

As you begin walking a different path…


Change Ready! How to Turn Change Resistance into Change Readiness provides managers with a practical step-by-step guide to implementing, managing, and sustaining change. Readers will gain insight into the personal reactions that cause resistance to change and learn what to do to minimize resistance, maximize readiness, and create a change-ready culture.

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“A Great Book for HR Professionals and Leaders To Build Change Readiness and Agility! I have read Change Ready and absolutely loved it! Having worked through a few transformational changes as a Human Resources Professional, it was the people…


There are moments in life when a change creates an opportunity for you to take a different path. The choices you see and the decisions you make in those moments define the future course and direction of your life. You have a second chance to become what you might have been if you had made different choices.

Often, however, the fear of change will prevent you from seizing the moment to create the life you desire. In Defining Moments, the author provides personal examples and proven techniques that will inspire and prepare you to evaluate what’s important to you now…


The lessons I’ve learned, from the past twenty-five years of working with senior leadership of Fortune 500 corporations to prepare for enterprise-wide change, can help you avoid mistakes that can prevent your change initiative from succeeding.

There are six critical requirements for success:

  1. Shared Vision
  2. Understanding of the Full Impact to the Organization
  3. Effective Stakeholder Engagement
  4. Clear, Consistent and Continual Communication
  5. Adequate Preparation
  6. A Plan to Sustain

Step One: Shared Vision

We will focus on one requirement in each of the next six blogs as a step you can take to minimize resistance, increase readiness, and realize the benefits of…


Step One, Shared Vision, was the focus of my previous article. We will now shift our focus to Step Two: Understanding the Full Change Impact on the Organization

Have you identified the degree and type of changes required to realize your project’s benefits?

If not, how can people be prepared when you haven’t determined what type of change to prepare them for?

There is no such thing as a “small” change. Change has a ripple effect that is often underestimated. A change in technology will require a change in process that will affect how and where work is done.

Not…

Rita Burgett-Martell

International Executive Coach, Organizational Change Management Consultant, Keynote Speaker, & Author. www.ritaburgettmartell.wordpress.com

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