Why is it that sometimes, we think that we’ve got everything figured out, then someone pulls the rug from right under our feet without us noticing? Circumstances are constantly changing all around us, impacting us in big or small ways whether we like it or not, and whether we notice it or not. For me, having this realisation is the first step in dealing with uncertainties.
Secondly, I have learned that it is important to have clarity of self. When you know yourself, you will be able to have self-trust which instills self-belief to be in control during less-than-ideal situations.
Thirdly, understand your priorities and their needs. Whilst ‘adventure’ is one of my values, some would say that calling me a “risk-averse person” is an understatement when it comes to the subject of health and finance. Even though I know that there can never be 100% security, I’m fully aware that being at sixes and sevens in these two areas is a situation I would prefer to avoid. So, I prepare as best as I possibly can to minimise the impact of change on these matters.
Finally, having the right support. One can’t underestimate the power of having the right support network especially during challenging times. Even if all they seemed to be doing is listen because it takes a very special person to hear you out, with empathy. When you’re going through a difficult situation, compassion and understanding can help you go a long way.
Having these in place has helped me navigate through the uncertainties of my very first restructure experience a few years ago.
- Realise that circumstances are constantly changing - restructures have become a commonplace for a lot of companies to adapt to the changing business environments and meet growth needs. I have come to accept and deal with this using Stephen Covey’s Circle of Influence and Control model.
- Clarity of self - In deciding what to do next, I was clear to look for a role that I’ll be passionate about and be able to be accountable for. Knowing my core strengths and applicable transferable skills opened up more options for me than I had originally thought.
- Understand your priorities and their needs - As I was healthy and have financially catered for situations like this, I didn’t feel the time pressure to look for a “job replacement”. Instead, I took this as an opportunity to strategise my next move and bring me closer to my goal.
- Have the right support - It turned out to be a very positive experience for me primarily thanks to an amazingly supportive line manager who not only allowed but championed for me to focus on my next steps and be the ever-available sounding board when I needed someone to brainstorm my options with.
Going through this restructure not only reminded me of my personal values, strengths, passion and vision but it consequently enabled me to achieve my corporate career goal.
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