You have a choice: Lead change or get crushed by it. Why not choose to lead it?
By: Peter Economy
It’s no secret that the world continues to change all around us. We can choose to either try to ignore change or to lead it. If you want to be successful in the long run, then the better choice is to lead change, and make it work for you.
In his book Make Change Work for You, technology guru Scott Steinberg offers 10 ways to future-proof yourself, fearlessly innovate, and succeed despite uncertainty. Says Steinberg: “Embrace change by taking calculated risks and meaningful action, and you’ll put yourself on the path to regular reinvention–the essence of remaining relevant–and create positive, lasting effects on every level.”
So consider giving these 10 ways to make change work for you a try–you just might be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Change presents opportunities as well as challenges. To convert opportunities into positive outcomes, while overcoming the challenges you face, courage is a must. Be brave. Be courageous.
Make fear your friend
Says Steinberg: “Picture what you could accomplish if only you could put aside your worries and doubts, make firm decisions, and take smart risks (read: change and innovate).” The idea is not to remove fear entirely from your life, it’s to instead make it your friend by being smart about how you react to it.
Turn anxiety into awareness
Anxiety acts like a powerful radar, alerting you to incoming opportunities and challenges. Instead of allowing anxiety to overcome you, use it to stay attuned to changes in your environment.
Because change is inherently unpredictable, it’s far better to be skilled at improvisation than to create inflexible plans that don’t keep up with changes in your business environment. Be flexible, agile, and ready to pivot at a moment’s notice.
Play the odds
Instead of betting everything on one grand program or initiative, make many small bets that will eventually add up to something big. Get to know the odds and make your own luck.
If the first thing you try doesn’t work, then try something else. And if that doesn’t work, then try again. Experimentation is the foundation of Eric Ries’s Lean Startup model: Build fast, release often, measure, learn, repeat.
Pick your battles
You can’t win every battle, and you shouldn’t even try. Collect the facts upfront, then weigh the pros and cons of a decision–including the social capital you may have to expend fighting for it. In some cases, you’ll want to press your advantage, while in others, it may be better to retreat.
Keep up with change in your business and industry. Refuse to be left behind as the world continues to change all around us. The best way to make change work for you is to lead it, not to fall victim to it.
An Egyptian Business Consultant and Corporate Trainer since 1997.
I've trained on Management, Leadership and Soft Skills to thousands of people from many nationalities, backgrounds and professions in more than 10 countries across the Middle and Far East.
Holder of an MBA and a Candidate for Doctorate in Business.
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