Lessons


Work through the following checklist and it should help you navigate through the change process. And, survive a significant change event at work.

Change checklist

When significant change happens, your attitude needs to be in the right place. If for example, you have a new CEO, or the company is acquired, many things are going to change. How you react to the changes is very important to survive the change.
Here are a few ways to make the most of the new situation.
1. Be supportive not combative. Become part of the solution not the problem

  • One of the worst things you can do during a time of a major change is to position yourself in a negative light. Be a constructive force not destructive one. Don’t be a devil’s advocate. Offer positive alternatives and ideas in support of the change
  • Embrace the changes and become an asset to the new CEO or acquiring company

2. Make your presence known. Don’t hide under your desk. Communicate, communicate, communicate

  • Take on new jobs and get involved in the changes
  • Participate in all the meetings you can to know what’s going on
  • Be proactive and manage up. Communicate your ideas and accomplishments
  • See the Big Picture. Look beyond your current position and don’t suffer from tunnel vision

Throughout your career you will be a victim of change of some sort.  Maybe your company gets acquired and you need to adapt to the new environment. Or, maybe you get a new boss and you have to learn how to adapt. There’s lots of change in today’s business world and it will affect you at some point. In fact, you will probably experience a number of changes in your career so you need to learn how to cope with change.

 

So how do you survive change?

I have been through many changes throughout my career and have made many choices during those times of change. This series of posts is a sum of my experiences, both negative and positive. What to do and what not to do.

So what are some of the things you can do to manage your way through a major change in your career.

  1. Make change an opportunity – be supportive of the change not combative. Work constructively not destructively
  2. Review the “Change” checklist to prepare yourself for when the change comes

 

We’ll go through both of these in more detail over this series of posts.