We all know that chaos can hit at any time whether we’re prepared or not. Last year, Hurricane Sandy left her mark with an unprecedented show of fury. Storms make me think of how chaos can strike at any time. When it comes to our careers it can hit without warning but more times than not there is usually some inkling of an impending change.
A few examples of change:
There is a new book by Howard Stevenson, a Harvard professor, where he discusses these changes as “inflection points”. An inflection point “is a moment in time when structures are removed and rules are suspended.” Stevenson feels that these types of situations are a time to reflect inwardly, decide what you want and act on it. He’s right. Honestly, as difficult as it may be, we need to fully understand that change will come our way and we need to prepare in order to be able to embrace an inflection point. It’s time to humbly and honestly assess our strengths and weaknesses. So what do you do, where do you begin? Especially if you’ve been on auto pilot with your career/job.
Preparing for the Storm | Mental Preparation:
If you decide that you need to make a change, there are so many tools available now for all different income levels. You may need to look a bit but you will find someone who has overcome the situation you are in.
Over the years, I’ve had many therapists, counselors and coaches. Some have only lasted a few sessions but many have lasted for years because they help me stay on track without me having to bug my family and friends. It’s not that I’m clueless but I like to expand my thinking and see what others are doing. This has allowed me to have a very diverse and interesting life and it’s still changing. We all can use an educated, objective opinion!
Our website contains names and reviews of books you may find helpful, blog posts, and replays of “Corporate Talk”. Take a look at what is offered and see if it appeals to you.
Ask around and get a referral, you’ll be surprised how many people you know have worked with a therapist or coach.
Network | If you think of networking as connecting with people, it’s not nearly as intimidating. Look at LinkedIn, Meetup, see what groups appeal to you and make a committment to keep in the loop to see what’s new. Even a few hours a month is better than not doing anything.
Online Resources | LinkedIn and Facebook when used wisely have a ton of information and can be a good place to start. Although it can be overwhelming, the volume means that sites are vying for your business.
This means a lot of free content. This can at least get you started.
Change is inevitable and even though we can’t predict when it will come we can be more proactive in preparing for it!