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Embrace Change and Thrive

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 13, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

By Leslie Bodell, TRUST President
Senior Vice President of OptumRx Client Services & Pharmacy Benefit Management Operations for Optum

Resist change or adapt to it. Those are the core decisions you face when change comes knocking. And change has knocked loudly and often in 2020. Sometimes change is an invited guest we welcome with open arms, while other times change is the visitor dropping by unexpectedly just as you were ready to depart for vacation.

We’ve all needed to adapt in some way (likely many ways) to the change brought about this year by COVID-19, which definitely was an uninvited guest. Have you been resisting change, whether from the pandemic, social justice, your work environment or your home environment?

There’s still time to adapt and move through the changes you’re facing. So, how does one not only survive change, but thrive in change? Here are some tips from Psychology Today and Harvard Business Review:

  1. Acknowledge the change. It may feel comfortable in the short-term to deny change; however, recognizing and being ok with change can be less stressful in the long run.
  2. Focus on your health and wellbeing. Keep to a regular schedule during the day and at night. Eat as healthy as possible and take time for exercise, even short amounts a few times a week.
  3. Focus on values, not fears. Remind yourself of what is important and that your identity isn’t compromised by one situation.
  4. Fight for the future. No matter what has happened in the past, you are free to decide how to respond and what to do. Past negative changes do not need to hold back future positive changes.
  5. Expect change, not stability. Change will always come. Do not spend time pining for the good old days because that time and place no longer exists.

The familiar and predictable can feel very safe; however, the world is ever changing, thus we must be open to change. The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is not immune to dealing with change. This year we have:

  • Pivoted from in-person programming to virtual sessions to maintain education, leadership development and career development opportunities for our members.
  • Implemented virtual networking coffees and happy hours to stay connected and provide continued opportunities to meet others and share ideas.
  • Restructured our signature Forum event.
    • October 13 – a special lunch program, free to the public, recognizing the 18 outstanding women in health care who are this year’s Forum Award recipients.
    • October 27 – the Forum will feature keynote Julie Gilbert and 21st Century Pinnacle Leader awardee, Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners. Julie’s keynote will focus on resiliency, overcoming challenges and the power we hold to change the health of our community.
  • Shared our voice with others in Minnesota health care that stand opposed to acts of racism and violence, and provided information to members on resources to get involved on a personal level.

The TRUST realizes we have more work to do on many fronts as we move through change. We all do! Now is not the time to fear change, but to acknowledge it and move through it for a thriving future.

Leslie Bodell currently serves as TRUST President and is Senior Vice President of OptumRx Client Services & Pharmacy Benefit Management Operations for Optum. Bodell holds a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a finance degree from Drake University.

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