The worst thing you can do during periods of organizational change is remain static, inflexible, and unable to adapt. Instead, you should think of yourself as stretchable, expandable, and able to adapt to anything new. Keep in mind that periods of change are unpredictable, and we may be asked to adapt to changes that we never anticipated. In order to stay flexible, follow these guidelines from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training:
1. Set short-term goals — It is good to think ahead during changing times, but not too far ahead. Focus on goals and tasks that can be achieved in the immediate future. That way you can achieve measurable and motivating results, even if the change plan is altered in some way. Instead of abandoning your efforts because of changing priorities, complete your short-terms goals and move on.
2. Work in intense bursts of activity — Complete tasks with intense periods of creative output that produce concrete results. That way you’ll have measurable outcomes that motivate and inspire you to continue your work and, in the process, better engage change.
3. Focus on team efforts — Teams are in a constant state of changing responsibilities and deadline. By aligning yourself with others who are aiming at similar goals, you create the opportunity for flexibility in achieving results. You become more focused on others and less likely to retreat into your own comfort zone. You’ll also gain motivation and inspiration from the other members of the team, making you more likely to successfully play a leadership role.
4. Plan for possible change scenarios — The most important strategy for staying flexible during change is to prepare for various change scenarios. If you create a plan for each possible set of change circumstances, you are prepared to engage change in any way that affects you in the workplace. This gives you more flexibility, greater confidence, and makes you more likely to be successful in leading change without authority.
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