Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine. Jacques Barzun
Yesterday I was presented with another opportunity to challenge an existing belief. I’m sure it’s happened to you as some people describe it as a “make over”. The make over was not mine, but another. I kept looking and looking and smiled because Looking New was what was needed.
When presented with a Looking New situation in our careers, how do we react? Welcoming. . . suspicious. . . unconcerned. . . watchful. . . questioning. . . embracing? Whether the Looking New situation affects us shortly or at a later date, we have many questions about the change time tables, personal adjustments, business adjustments, monetary concerns as well as various procedural issues.
A few questions come to mind: How does this affect me? How does this change affect the team and the department? What will our team look like after the change is implemented? What resources will become available after the change? What resources will we be losing because of the change? Sometimes, we are able to ask, “How long do I have to get used to this change?”
Looking New is a concept that has been with us since we began our working careers. What is new for many of us is that we tend to have a much more mindful workplace where concerns can be voiced. It’s a challenge for many of us to continue to be adaptable in unsettling situations. We may not pay attention to ourselves being adaptable; yet we are adaptable. As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As, consider how you act and react to Looking New situations this Summer. Be the best that you can be. Have a great week.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent