Imagine yourself in a new place of work in a different state performing?a different job capacity and the only thing that is for sure is the access code to the bathroom.
Some of the best career advice I have received was from an Ops manager. He gave me three points to ponder.
- Logistical constraints – Are you willing to relocate for a job?
- Support at home – Does the family approve of and support your career decisions?
- Ability to adapt to change – What is your ability?to adapt to change?
Making any type of career change is difficult.?Appling personal and/or professional limitations on?any of these three points therefore limit?one’s career prospects. So it is important to take?regular inventory and assess current conditions. Because life has a tendency to sneak up on us when least expected. POP!?I believe Dave Ramsey?calls this a “Life Happening”.
Have you recently made a career change or made one in the past?
Did you have a process in place for your first 100 days?
Share your experiences and lessons learned.
Personally I liked to use the 8 point plan from the book You’re in Charge Now What? authored by Neff and Citrin. The generalities of the 8 point plan?are as follows:
- your self preparation – Take inventory and prepare yourself for the turbulent ride
- your expectations?- Get in touch with the organizational pulse?at the individual level
- your team?- Build a performance based team that builds on strengths
- your strategic formula (initial, growth, maturity)?- Develop?an agenda
- your cultural challenges?- Be ready for “We don’t do that here.”
- your boss?s role?- Make sure the boss is on board
- your communication channels? – Communicate,?listen, and be willing to say, “I’ll get back to you on that.”
- your pitfalls – Don’t play a HERO and monitor the three points mentioned above
One last parting thought. Change is good. It is being forced to change that?foster attitudes of resistance.