No calm water around the corner.

Adapt to your changing environment.

Posted by Ian Ferguson, Leadership Coach on December 14, 2018

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No calm water around the corner.

Adapt to your changing environment.

Constant change feels really uncomfortable but it is something we must get used to. There is no point in looking to other companies for stability, they are just the same.

Organisations have to keep changing and adapting to meet the demands of a rapidly changing environment. If they don’t change they will become too slow, mis-aligned and unrepresentative of customer demand – and shareholders will change the company anyway (by selling it or changing the executive team) – look at Jessops or HMV.

"Resisting change will lessen not increase your options, and will decrease your value to the company."
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This creates even bigger risk to employees. No, the only way to prosper these days is to become chameleon-like and adapt to your changing environment.

This means taking charge of your career, making your morale your own responsibility and shaping your role rather than waiting for instruction. It means being flexible in your skills and, most importantly, your attitudes. Resisting change will lessen not increase your options, and will decrease your value to the company.

This may cause you to feel resentful or angry and want someone to blame. Don’t waste your energy – accept that this is life nowadays and you will find you are able to cope much better. Make up your mind to look for the opportunity in change. As an early North Sea oil executive concluded “there is no use complaining about the weather, we’ve got to get used to working in the rain”.

For a while your job may be vaguely defined, you may feel the new operating model will never work. You will be unable to get satisfactory answers and you may be concerned that management don’t know what they are doing. Remember, in a new environment, managers are doing their best to design new ways of working, cope with their own fears and uncertainties, as well as understand how everything fits together. What is certain is that they will be looking for support and help and you can help them and yourself by giving it. You must get used to tolerating ambiguity and get involved in shaping the future wherever you can, rather than waiting for it to happen.

Is there no security?

Nowadays the only job security you can get comes from being employable not employed. Work on developing your skills, continually reinvent yourself and refresh your C.V. Don’t get pigeon holed – make yourself valuable in lots of different ways. Be confident of your own abilities and make a positive choice to work for the company rather than being dependent.

"Don’t take your job for granted, there is always someone who would love the opportunity to show they could do it better than you."

None us have any “right” to be employed, only an opportunity to play for the team while we try to prove we are the best player available in that position. Don’t take your job for granted, there is always someone who would love the opportunity to show they could do it better than you. While you work, commit to the team for good or bad. This does not mean blind loyalty, but a conscious choice. This will maximise your job satisfaction, your value to the company and in the end you will be much more marketable if you have to look for work elsewhere.

Take charge of your own attitude, accept that the company cannot perform a parental role. There is nothing personal in change which affects you negatively. Get over it and find the silver lining – only your attitude will stop you seeing one.

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