Thriving in Challenging Times

Change is happening all around us. In California, where I’m located, unemployment is at 11.9% and the media is reporting that nationwide, it is at its highest since 1979. It seems that everyone I talk to has been touched by layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts. In challenging times, when we need actionable and accurate  information to survive and thrive, workers left behind have to do more work with less support. Added to this is the worry that one may be next to let go.

What are we doing to be prepared for any challenges that come our way professionally and personally? Aside from watching our budgets, are we adding new tools to our professional toolbox (e.g. Web 2.0 technologies) and polishing off our resumes? Have we checked out job listings of interest to see which skills are  needed to get a desirable position or move up in our current organization? Is volunteering for a professional association or other organization helping with networking and learning new skills (while helping others)?

One of my favorite fast reads is Who Moved My Cheese? (Spencer Johnson. NY: Putnam, 1998.) In an illustration entitled “The Handwriting on the Wall” (p. 74), the author sums it all up with some great tidbits of wisdom. My favorites are:

  • Anticipate change: get ready for the cheese to move
  • Adapt to change quickly: the quicker you let go of the old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy the new cheese
  • Enjoy change! Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of the new cheese!

Cheese anyone?

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