Nancy Fredericks pens Women Lead Change's "Mindful Mondays" column, appearing the second Monday of every month. Fredericks is a preeminent Business Executive Strategist, Author and Thought Leader. Corporations like Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Adobe, Allergan and Transamerica have retained her to optimize individual and organizational performance. You can find her at www.CareerStretchZone.com. The views of Nancy Frederick's blogs represent her own and not necessarily the views of Women Lead Change.
Companies today are experiencing chaos at an unprecedented rate, which means you are too. The restructuring, global competitiveness, acquisitions, and layoffs have stirred up anxiety in executives.
As my female clients reach out sharing all that is going on in their organization—and it is a lot—their next words are: “I’m waiting to find out what is happening with me.”
No! Uncertainty is not the time to wait. Yes. Leaders are the decision-makers, and yet you have a lot of power also.
In periods of massive chaos, there are too many moving parts to keep everything functioning smoothly without something going awry. This tumult produces an abundance of whitespace opportunities for you to expand your resume and craft your career life story rarely available under normal business circumstances. Don’t sit back and miss your chance.
There are two indispensable steps to take advantage of such times that will jumpstart your journey of empowerment no matter the circumstances.
Remember, when everything and everyone around you are in disorder, get excited, get proactive, get creative and recognize the opportunity. Then, start focusing on areas of the business that are of interest to you. After all, why would you ever want to take on additional responsibilities unless they are integral to who you are, your strengths, and passions? Or why would you ever explore spending time or energy on a project that doesn’t enhance the bottom-line of the organization?
This two step mental model is the success formula for a long, satisfying, prosperous career in chaotic times… never waiting.