It’s not a news flash that times are a-changing both personally and professionally.
During any change, there will be an adjustment period, and during this period expect there to be anxiety. We could manage what was known (even if we didn’t like it), but we rarely know the best way to manage what we don’t know.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.–Lao Tzu
Change is both a challenge and an opportunity for growth; it’s also a cause of stress and may breed a climate of mistrust due to differing views and opinions.
As leaders, we can’t disregard the feelings of those around us. We need to listen, and we need to give and receive feedback in an honoring way and appreciate the differing opinions.
It’s also essential that we keep on track professionally, and that we provide a sense of calm and guidance to our organization.
- We need to restate our vision and our goals
- We need to identify what’s left for us to accomplish before the end of the year
- We need to begin to strategize and plan for 2017
- We need to assess if or how the changes could impact us
- We must address any know obstacles
Last month we shared that “Adapting to Change” and the ability to “Apply Sound Judgment” were 2 critical competencies for high performers. We also said:
We need to expect that change will continue to occur at a rapid pace, and with it, discomfort and uncertainty. Use clarity and communication to lessen levels of anxiety.
This seems to be a great time to excel in these areas!
BONUS – QWIKTIP – Click to read about CHALLENGES