Adjusting to Accommodate Change
Throughout our career, our roles and responsibilities are changing. Leading teams, leading meetings, and communicating 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 our consistent long-term success.
Adjust expectations. Maybe that promotion is not going to happen this year after all. Maybe you are not going to be reporting to the same person, or managing exactly the same responsibilities. Adjust your expectations without lowering them, if possible. Focus on goals that are within your control.
Build relationships and networks. This is a fascinating 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 and 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 and integrated, and there needs to be time for adjustment of all the different organisational 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 organisation change for the better?" Instead of expressing discontent destructively by 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 your organisation may have insight into the ways that you can better adjust to change. Ask for ideas, suggestions, and feedback on how well you are adjusting to change. Periods of change are times to build bridges, not walls. They are times to be open to input, not defensive.
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