You're involved in something BIG: The shift to an entirely new economy . . . a new age . . . a vastly different approach in the way organizations operate.
Work is going global. Jobs are going virtual. Business is being conducted in ways that were simply impossible a few short years ago. Before long,top management absolutely won't be able to run things the old way, even if it desperately wants to.
Amazing new technologies have already created intense, worldwide competition for business. Soon, competition for your very own job could come from practically anywhere on earth.
Careers have already quit working like they used to. That’s not really anybody’s fault. But employees and organizations are very much at fault if they, too, don’t change in order to adapt.
It does us no good whatsoever to complain or be bitter about what’s happening. In fact, such behavior can only do us harm. We waste precious energy if we resist, get angry, or give in to grief over all that’s being lost. We jeopardize our future if we cling to old assumptions and expectations about how careers should operate.
Frankly, the world doesn’t care about our opinions. Or our feelings. The world rewards only those of us who catch on to what’s happening, who invest our energy in finding and seizing the opportunities brought about by change.
And change always comes bearing gifts.
Considering the scope and speed of change these days, there will be precious gifts—many priceless opportunities—for those of us who play by the new rules, position ourselves right, and take personal responsibility for our future.
Meet the challenge. Follow these 13 ground rules for managing your job during exponential change.
GROUND RULE #1—
Become a quick-change artist.
“We’re entering a new era that requires us to reinvent not just ourselves and our organizations but also entire product categories and markets.”
“Reinvention is as crucial to an organization’s survival as is its leadership, balance sheet, or business plan.”
– Nick Davis, Singularity University “Reinvention: The New Imperative”
Taking care of your career these days means managing perpetual motion.
Your organization will keep reshaping itself, shifting and flexing to fit our rapidly changing world. That’s the only way it can hope to survive in this fiercely competitive environment. Look for it to restructure, outsource, downsize, subcontract, and form new alliances.
You also can expect flexible ways of working. Duties will be constantly realigned. Short-lived assignments will be common. Maybe you’ll work on a contract basis or spend time on several project teams. You might even end up working for more than one “employer” at a time. You’ll probably have a constantly new set of coworkers, more new bosses, even new careers.
You’re not going to like some of this. Chances are, nobody will like it all. But that’s neither here nor there. Question is, will you get with the program anyhow?
You need to know that resistance to change is almost always a dead-end street. The career opportunities come when you align immediately with new organizational needs and realities. When you’re light on your feet. When you show high capacity for adjustment. Organizations want people who adapt—fast—not those who resist or psychologically “unplug.”
Granted, change can be painful. When it damages careers, emotions such as grief, anger, and depression come naturally, making it hard for people to “buy in” and be productive. But being a quick-change artist can build your reputation, while resisting change can ruin it. Productivity, not mourning, makes you a valuable member of the group.
Shoot for rapid recovery. Instant alignment. Take personal responsibility for adapting to change, just like you would if you accepted a new job with a new employer.
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