Do you ever struggle with change at work? It's easy and natural to resist change, is not it? It's understandable to get kept up in the old “If it is not broken, do not fix it” mentality.
Consider how to manage changes going on at work. Your company / organization / agency is organic. It's an ever-changing, ever-evolving entity made up of people to serve people.
And what do we know about people? Always changing.
Recent research reflects that part of your “happiness factor” is how much perceived control you have over your life. (Funny to call it 'perceived' control.)
With change, we often feel we've lost that sense of control, control over our job security, money, livelihood.
Yeap, change can be scary. But let's see if we can manage some of that lack of control feeling that comes with change, shall we?
These 3 Actions will help you take control of change at work:
Here are three actions you can take to give yourself a professional edge when it comes to controlling change happening at work.
Action # 1: Be open-minded and positive about change at work. A while back, Harvard Business Review published an article about how to protect your job in times of economic upheaval. It mentioned of course, change. The bottom line here is that you want to show that you are open to changes and on board to try new approaches.
Action # 2: When changes start to happen, and part of the plan fails, and it will, remain open to tweaking the process. People who are closed-minded and resistant to change like to point out parts of the plan that fail as proof that the entire idea of change was a bad idea. It's the old, “See, told ya it would not work mentality.” You do not want to be that person.
Action # 3: Keep your professional skills sharp and current. What have you done for you laately? Can you prove to your boss that you've attended training of some kind? There are so many high quality on-line courses, teleseminars and live and in-person workshops, seminars and coaching available that you have countless opportunities to make sure you're staying on top of professional development.
As always, a bonus tip to help you manage change at work:
Action # 4: When you do attend a class, whether by webinar, teleseminar, or workshop, be sure to write up (that very day!) An Executive Summary. Here, you write in one page, in bullet statement format, the highlights of that training.
And an extra bonus tip to help you manage change at work:
Action # 5: Offer to share these ideas with others in a 20-minute briefing. You will now be showcasing the fact that you continuously update your skills AND you share that knowledge with others. This is a great way to toot your horn without blowing it!
Change is inevitable. To help you be prepared, recall the words of hockey legend, Wayne Gretsky. When asked, “How is it you score so many goals?” He answered, “I skate to where the puck is going.”
Individuals and organizations ignore this at their own peril.
Just ask Cisco.
Two years ago, Cisco bought the Flip Camera business for $ 590 million. The Flip Camera has been made obsolete by the smart phone. Who needs an extra device to capture video when your phone will do the same thing?
Cisco is now, two years later, closing that part of their business. It will cost them an additional $ 300 million toructure their company around this closure. Five hundred and fifty jobs will be lost.
If you think change is hard, try being irrelevant. You do not want to have a Flip Camera in a smart phone world.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin
Here's to skating to where the puck is going.