This will be the single most important characteristic to guide yourself through change. Of course, you must be honest with your employer and others at work, but mostly you must be honest with YOURSELF. You don’t need to share everything with your employer and colleagues, but you must honestly look at all the issues and your feelings to make a good decision for yourself.
If you are in the Opportunity Group, your only risk is running too fast that you miss some of the details along the way. The excitement of the new opportunity can cause that to happen sometimes. Try to keep an eye on execution, talk with colleagues also in the opportunity group. Sharing your views, strategies and observations is always beneficial, particularly so during a time of change.
If you are in the Possibility Group, see the success of the Opportunity Group and move there cautiously – good for you! You’ve become part of a positive change for your company. However, if you’re still struggling with the change, you have to ask yourself some questions and be HONEST with your answers.
- What is it that I am afraid of and is this a fear I want to conquer? (If so, help is available.)
- Am I concerned that I will not have the support I need should I stumble? (Discuss this with your boss.)
- Does this new environment feel right to me? Can I see myself eventually being comfortable and sticking around? (This is the biggie, because if the answer is no, you have to initiate a bigger change for yourself.)
If you are in the Threat Group, you can ask yourself the same questions above, but what you really want to ask yourself first is: “Am I ever going to be happy here in this new environment?” Consider that you’ll be swimming upstream, uncomfortable with the changes most of the time. This takes a toll on your emotional energy. It can be highly stressful and exhausting. HONESTY is critical for you. Yes, changing jobs isn’t easy nor fun, but sticking around when you are unhappy is worse.
BOTTOM LINE: The best way to succeed through change is to remain OPEN, demonstrate FLEXIBILITY and a willingness to try new things. If you can adopt that attitude, not only will you be viewed as an asset to your company, but new opportunities in your company will find you.
I hope you find these strategies helpful in dealing with change.
Leadership plays a key role in people succeeding through change. In Part 3, we’ll discuss managing these groups through change.