“Change is never complete, and change never ceases. Nothing is ever quite finished with; it may always begin over again. And nothing is quite new; it was always somehow anticipated or prepared for” (C.S. Lewis).
Change is everywhere, and change in the work environment is usually a given. Many individuals experience the effects of change when they begin working for a new supervisor. This necessary change may come about due to downsizing in the company, moving to a new position, being promoted, or a number of other scenarios. With change come adjustments and modifications.
Perhaps one of the more difficult adjustments is the emotional impact – you must leave some and join others. Having changed managers over 15 times, I can tell you change never gets any easier.
I keep reminding myself that there are many benefits to change – new opportunities, new adventures, more accountability, more control, exposure to different management styles, new learning opportunities.Change can be daunting, but as “change never ceases” and as “it may always begin over again,” I have found some ways that have worked for me, in which to make the best of these opportunities. I suggest them to you now:
• Ask questions – the more you understand, the more likely you are to succeed.
• Engage in conversation. Conversation is your ability to truly influence others.
• Make your customer think, and give them time to think with silence.
• Build your credibility with third party support.
• Work projects; it gives you a better sense of accomplishment.
• Make other people heroes – things always have a way of coming back to you.
• Focus on your talents and leverage your strengths.
• Remember why you go to work every day.
• Put your family first. I have always found this to be my greatest support during times of change and adjustment.
• Keep a fire in your belly to succeed. Much can be accomplished with a positive attitude and a desire to thrive.
• Have fun, have fun, have fun! Change can actually be fun.
• Bear in mind, leadership isn’t a destination, it is a lifetime pursuit.
• Have a mentor. Much may be learned by those you admire.
• Be a mentor. Many may learn from you, and you may find you still pick up a thing or two.
“Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine” (Robert C. Gallagher).
“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning (Ivy Baker Priest).