Manage Change or It Will Manage You

As we head into the fall of the year, one thing is certain: Change is coming. Winter inevitably follows on the heels of fall–only the precise timing and extent remain unpredictable.  The same applies in many respects to your career success.

What does this mean? For starters, you need to consider the possibility of change when planning career moves, including job searches. Whether you call it contingency planning or something else, you must do it.

Why Manage Change?

If you don’t, it will happen anyway and not by your choice. Your career success might not depend solely on change management, but change can and often does affect your career plans.Manage Change-Take Control

Despite the fact that change can occur without your choice, you’ll find you can influence at least some potential changes. For example, you can often select the time-frame for planning and launching a job search. If you’re not facing something like a layoff, you might delay the job search until change would be more manageable. That puts you in the driver’s seat instead of making you a passenger who’s being moved along willy-nilly.

How to Manage Change & Support Career Success

Ignoring change achieves nothing positive. What’s more, the image of an ostrich sticking its head in the sand  is both incorrect and ineffective. However, you do have options that offer a reasonable alternative.

To name just a few:

  • Start by accepting that a pending change will probably happen whether you like it or not and plan accordingly to manage change.
  • Launch your preparation plan ASAP–don’t wait until change is just around the corner. Also, don’t waste time and energy fretting about whether it’s happening or how fast.
  • Evaluate the likely nature and extent of the change early on, so you know what you’re dealing with.
  • Enlist the aid of people you believe are willing and able to help you–mentors, colleagues, family, and friends. (But do this discreetly if you’ll be conducting a confidential job search.)
  • Keep a watchful eye on the progress of the change. If it alters course or timing, that could affect the actions you take and when–or if–you take them.Prepare for Change

Be Prepared is a Great Motto for Change

And that’s true even if you’re not a Boy Scout! Once you know you’ve made all the wise decisions open to you, you can concentrate on moving forward productively. Change won’t derail your progress. Your career success will benefit, and so will you.

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