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You Have No Choice

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 @ 5:02:00 PM
We think we have choice in the workplace today. We think we can just keep on doing what we've been doing. We think we can change and look to the future. Some of us think things will just go back to the way they were.

Here's the news, folks. The days of burying ourselves  in our work and just staying engaged are over. If you decide to focus and look not to the left or the right you will be left behind. Cowering in the corner hoping for the storm to pass and life will return to the way it was: not a good strategy.

For most of my clients, the past is gone. Those who linger too long looking back, will be left behind.

A few words come to mind when I think about re-tooling in our context. First, flexibility. Your skills, thinking, knowledge all need to expand and morph for the current, ever-changing, environment we are in. Second, clarity. Know what you are good at, how what you do can fit into new contexts, and who you want to be regardless of where you are. Think of yourself in a zero gravity lab--who are you there? Finally, sustainability. Yes, this word is over used, but we use it because it is expansive. This is a marathon not a sprint. The business practices and relationships you build today will change your next sixth months, years, and decade. Working more is not the answer. Work smart with the right partners: this will fuel your future.