Things change. Maybe your company is changing. A change of strategy can lead to a reorganizing or restructuring of the company. As a result, your role may be changing. Maybe your team is being redistributed. Maybe your scope is changing. Maybe some things you were responsible for are being moved up a level. Maybe the changes your company is instituting have changed what you thought of as your ideal job into a transition role. Maybe you weren’t planning on it. The reality is that lots of things will change. Whether you see those changes as positive or negative depends upon your perspective.
What doesn’t change in times of change? What isn’t changing is your right and responsibility to own your reality and lead. So how do you lead when your job has changed? Viktor Frankl wrote, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Life and work will always include changes over which we have no control. What we can control is our perspective about and response to change.
The best leaders are driven to go, grow, and achieve. They want to keep things moving forward for the organization, their team, and themselves. They’re willing to grow themselves and help others grow in order to achieve that success. They want to make a difference. When things change around you, including the nature and scope of your role, how can you redefine what making a difference looks like?
In this new reality, what does making a difference for the company look like? Are there challenges faced by your leaders or peers that would be interesting enough to you for to take on or influence? What does making a difference for your team look like? How can you use organizational change as an opportunity to grow the capacity of your team and help others to learn and develop in the laboratory that change provides? What does making a difference for yourself and your career look like? How can you use the ‘neutral zone’ of change (Read “Transitions” by William Bridges) to position yourself for the role and responsibilities that best matches your skills and experience and inspires your high engagement?
Remember. We are all volunteers. We own our reality. We can do anything we want if we are willing to accept the consequences of our actions. Every day we can decide whether or not to go to work. Once we decide to walk through the door, our integrity demands we give our best. That’s another thing that shouldn’t change in times of change.
John Maxwell writes, “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”