The Oxford Dictionary describes change as “passing from one state to another”.
Change is central to the business world today. It is also an increasingly prevalent and complex phenomenon. It encompasses attitudes, beliefs, individual behaviours and – in a business context – alteration to the environment in which organisations and managers operate. Sometimes this change can be not only significant, but also tumultuous.
Change is also a constant, open-ended process: it is rarely planned. In today’s turbulent business world, the difference between what is planned and predictable, and what actually happens, can be immense.
For someone with Asperger syndrome, change is one of the most difficult concepts to deal with. It means disruptions to established routines, learning how to cope with new work environments and colleagues and accommodating new business approaches and practices.
For someone with Asperger syndrome, change is one of the most difficult concepts to deal with. However, for a manager with AS, business conditions make it unavoidable. Building the internal skill set required to cope with change is, therefore, a pre-requisite for effective management.
Doing so requires understanding what change is, how it impacts on business and, more importantly for a manager with Asperger syndrome, the effect it has in relation to the condition and managerial effectiveness.
What are the specific AS issues relating to change and how can these be managed to cope with evolving routines and business change programmes?