Time for #realtalk

#realtalk—situation

 Often we place our livelihood in the hands of people who never asked to manage it—our employers.  I’m sorry but it’s true.  We miss the fact that in order for many organizations to survive processes had to be dismantled because they were either no longer effective (or efficient) and supporting them with money (aka people) cannot be justified, and layoffs happen.

And it all seems to happen so quickly, doesn’t it.  The changes that need to be made cannot withstand the commitments of unspoken long-term employment contracts with the employees.  In addition, many people simply were not ready for the new employment contract that is a transitory working agreement.

Some organizations did their best to design a soft-landing for laid-off staffers given the velocity of the changes others did not.  Did we have some villains during this crisis? You bet.  Why? I don’t know.  I have a better question: who succeeds?  If you were caught up in that malady and given where you are at right now, if you’re employed, unemployed or underemployed, who succeeds?  On the other hand, what does it take to succeed?

#realtalk—success

In order to be a success during this time you must adopt constant change as a work style, whether you are working or not.  In fact, I’m going to go a step further, don’t just adopt constant change as a work style, make it a rule

Employers will continue to make quick decisions with less information and recover from mistakes even quicker which means they will reset themselves repeatedly. Your role may change, the job you interviewed for may evaporate, and the job you are in may go away, whatever.   Instead of viewing change as the exception, make it a rule.  It’s that simple.  You stop at red lights don’t you? Save yourself the expense of pain medication and make it a rule.

 

#realtalk—spirit

Next, adopt an entrepreneurial spirit.  I’m not saying that you need to become an entrepreneur, but think like an entrepreneur.  Entrepreneurs possess high frustration & tolerance for change thresholds.  Entrepreneurs are flexible, creative, innovative, and think and run lean.  Consider the “lean” part relative to your finances.  Lastly, Entrepreneurs are great with feedback: good or bad.  We crave feedback its essential for surviving and thriving.

 

#realtalk—should

Not enough people are asking themselves the should question and are therefore surprised by change.  Here are two:

  • What education should I explore to position me for the coming decade?
  • What line of work should I be in; and am I in a career that will disappear?

Here’s a post from Google top-rated futurist Thomas Frey (2 Billion Job to Disappear by 2030).  Perhaps this will help you knock out those shoulds.

So, that’s our #RealTalk for this month.  Enjoy your development!

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