Take Charge!

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We live in a radically changing uncertain world where careers and jobs come and go at a rapid rate. Ok, this is old news and it’s painful news. Every day it seems that companies are laying-off workers. You don’t know if you will be the next to get the had shake. Perhaps you’ve already been downsized, wrong-sized or otherwise shown the front door. It is time for businesswomen to take charge and take control of yourself and your career. If you don’t, who will?

We live in a radically changing uncertain world where careers and jobs come and go at a rapid rate. Ok, this is old news and it’s painful news. Every day it seems that companies are laying-off workers. You don’t know if you will be the next to get the had shake. Perhaps you’ve already been downsized, wrong-sized or otherwise shown the front door. It is time to take charge and take control of yourself and your career. If you don’t, who will?

Be prepared to change. It can be painful, but less so if you aim for rapid recovery. Adapting to change is not any different than accepting a new job with a new employer. The quicker you adapt the more valuable you become. Change is not going to change! But you are!

Take personal responsibility. You are responsible and accountable for your morale and inspiration. Even though employers make an effort to provide a motivating environment, it is really up to you. “Cut the apron strings” and rely on yourself. Self-reliance is empowering.

  • Behave as though you are in business for yourself. Use your peripheral vision to see how you can help the company as a whole. Understand what it takes, in all areas, to run a profitable company. Then add value and contribute more than you cost.
  • Keep learning. It’s easy to keep learning with the explosion of the Internet. Virtual universities and online classes are a click away. Learn skills outside your area of expertise. Computer literacy is essential.
  • Turn obstacles into opportunities. Learn to deal with adversity. Become resilient to setbacks. Life is a hockey game; learn how to play.
  • Be part of the solution, not the problem. Playing the “blame game” or whining, “it’s not my job description”, cannot be tolerated in the current volatile market. It is now a buyers market (for the employer); lots of folks out there are looking for work — yes, even the CEO can be replaced! Be willing to help others. Set up systems and processes so your knowledge can be easily shared and accessed.
  • Create more space. Clarify what you want; take steps to get it. Let go of and get rid of those things that are dragging you down. Toxic friends, clients that no longer work for your business, old habits, old assumptions and bad experiences that continue to haunt you, keep you from going toward what you want.
  • Make time for You! And have some fun!

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