So you’re going for that management or leadership role. Or you’ve just had your second child and oh, yes, you’ve also decided it’s time to move homes.
Or you’ve decided that you want to declutter so you can do the things you really want to get to. Maybe you have adopted a dog and he needs training and care during the workday.
Or your team member left and you have less support. Or you’re a parent or teacher and school starts in a few weeks.
You want change. You’re in the middle of a change. Or maybe you’re finding you’re resisting the change. What do you do?
How do you hold back the ocean and ride the waves more easily?
How can you make the change easier on your life? I’ll use a situation in my professional life as an example, since I’ve been thinking about this lately. What is my change about? A new role: President-Elect for the Board of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization
What has worked when I’ve taken on a new role or situation in the past? – That’s your key question. I’ll answer it for me here.
#1 “A rough draft” system. A beginning system in place to capture details until I am ready to absorb them. I know it will change as I go, but it’s a foundation and a place to start. And I already have a system to manage my business, which I know works. So what do I add onto what’s there already?
#2 Big picture first. My mind is more conceptual than detail oriented. I am a contextual learner and thinker. The big picture first gives me a context so I can add in the details where they belong and make sense to me. (Attention big picture thinkers and people with ADHD.) I’ve likened this before to the painter who first sketches the canvas with a pencil, and later fills in with painting.
#3 I read, connect and research. Leadership articles or newsletters will refresh my management experience and perspectives. I’m beginning to talk and connect with people about this role. Research/reading on other non profit associations. And that’s just my first round of looking into things. It will be different as time continues.
- Know your strengths and skills. How you learn and process what’s happening.
- Step back and consider how you’ve handled big changes at other times in your life.
- How did you do that? And use those strategies now.
What are your ways to take on a new role or situation?
What could you do even if it’s in in ‘rough draft’ form, before the new situation becomes a crashing wave in the ocean of change?
What would be possible if you did step back and get this change under a little bit of control? How would that work for you?
And inspiration …