Every change an organization implements is fueled by human energy. The impact of a change on an individual is determined by the amount of energy he or she must spend to fulfill the requirements of the change plus the amount of energy spent to regain a sense of control and emotional well-being.
- Physical: Using the body to get things done. This includes lifting heavy things, moving objects, staying awake for long periods of time, enduring physical discomfort, and other forms of physical exertion.
- Mental: Thinking clearly and quickly. This includes concentrating attention on something, learning a new way of doing things, figuring out how to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle, perform analyses or calculations, and other forms of mental exertion.
- Emotional: Working with difficult feelings. This includes maintaining or regaining motivation while overcoming negative thoughts and emotions (worry, anger, sadness, fear, loneliness, etc.), absorbing emotional blows, dealing with tough interpersonal situations, and other forms of emotional exertion.
- Spiritual: Connecting with a sense of meaning and purpose. This includes dealing with challenges to integrity, doing the right thing in the face of obstacles, facing threats to personally meaningful aspects of one’s work, and other forms of spiritual exertion.
- Plug energy leaks
- Replenish energy as needed
- Build energy capacity.