Thinking more proactively, and planning for the inevitable, worked well for me and for my programs.
Here are a few other work habits to cultivate:
- Become a quick-change artist. Flexibility and adaptability in any situation will win the day.
- Commit fully to your job. Which means, doing whatever it takes to get the job done well.
- Keep moving forward. Meet or exceed all expectations. Be the best you can be.
- Accept ambiguity and uncertainty. It is temporary during change. Focus rather on the positive end result.
- Behave like you are in business for yourself. See problems and challenges from a more global view and hold to your vision—no matter what.
- Keep learning. Keep adding to your skills and expertise. Gather strategies that work for you!
- Hold yourself accountable for outcomes. And make certain the outcomes are positive and successful.
- Add value. Every way you can! “How can I be of service?” Go the extra mile.
- Manage your own morale. You are responsible for you!
- Alter your expectations as circumstances warrant. Changes take time, so be patient, adjust your thinking, and react accordingly.
- Be the best example, the role model, in your organization!
And, because a good quote always just sums it up, I leave you with this:
EXCELLENCE … can be attained if you:
CARE more than others think is wise …
RISK more than you think is safe …
DREAM more than others think is predictable …
EXPECT more than others think is possible …
For more examples of Coping with Change in the workplace, take a look at Beginning to End: The Life Cycle of a Child Care Center—A Director’s Story, available on Amazon.com.