Throughout our career our roles and responsibilities are changing. Leading teams, leading meeting, communication our vision and mission, are all challenges we confront as our careers progress. In this constantly changing career landscape, the ability to be truly adaptable may be more important than any other skill in determining out consistent, long-term success.
Adjust expectations. Maybe that promotion is not going to happen this year, after all. Maybe we are not going to be reporting to the same person, or managing exactly the same responsibilities. Adjust your expectations without lowering them, is possible. Focus on goals that are within your control.
Build relationships and networks. This is a fascination and rewarding strategy for adapting to change. Assume that change is just around the corner. Who would you want to know or get to know better, if that change were to occur? Start to develop those relationships now a build a larger network of support and encouragement.
Practice patience. When it comes to change, many times we want to get it over with and move on as quickly as possible. The cycle of change in the workplace often takes longer than we expect. The change has to be communicated, integrated, and there needs to be time for adjustment of all adjacent organizational functions. Individuals, too, need time to adjust to changing work environments.
Be adventurous. Take on the change as a challenge. Throw yourself into planning and preparation, engage others in the process, and chart out new career horizons that may appear as a result of the change. Tap into your courageous side.
Practice constructive discontent. Instead of clinging to the status quo, ask yourself, "How could I change for the better? How could the organization change for the better?" Instead of expressing discontent destructively through undermining change efforts, look for ways that the integration and process of change could work even better.
Try something new each day. Once we get thrown out of our comfort zone, we have a tendency to try to build a new one as quickly as we can. What is the sense of tearing down old walls, to just build new ones? Challenge yourself to try at least one new way of adjusting to change every day. Make it a positive and productive effort.
Ask for input. Others in our organization may have insight into the ways that we can better adjust to change. Ask for ideas and suggestions and for feedback on how well we are adjusting to change. Period of change are times to build bridges, not walls. They are times to be open to input, not defensive.