Everyone has a different reaction to unexpected change. Some embrace it. Others deflect it at all costs. And most of us are somewhere in the middle.
From my decades of experience in HR, Career Coaching and consulting, I can say learning how to positively deal with changes in our careers – from layoffs to new processes – is invaluable. If you desire to become a star performer in your career, you must learn how to work with change effectively.
But to do this, you must first be able to identify your current change behaviors – how you naturally react to change – and the pros and cons that come with it. Only then can you take an honest look at the way you process change and pinpoint the things you must do to better set yourself up for success the next time change comes your way.
Through research, I’ve designed an online assessment that identifies five types of change behavior profiles, and created a 20-question survey that determines the profile you reflect. Here are quick introductions to each one – which best represents you? How will you manage your behaviors differently in order to become a star performer of change?
Daredevils are high-energy people who need to express their ideas. In a work environment that nurtures and focuses their energy, they can be unstoppable forces for growth, expansion and positive business evolution. However, they need focus so they can act on ideas of managing change.
The Lion Tamer
When change hits, Lion Tamers want structure – and if they don’t get it, they’ll create it. They get frustrated when there are too many changes going on and seek out a clear action plan. But Lion Tamers need to feel empowered, or they might feel discouraged about implementing change.
Jugglers are constantly weighing options and running “what if” scenarios through their heads. This helps them feel more prepared for the unknown that comes with change. While struggling with change, they spend a lot of time interpreting direction, looking for hidden meaning and trying to pin down what it means to them (or their team) losing time they might not have.
The Tightrope Walker
Tightrope Walkers are skeptics by nature. They’ve had to find balance on some very thin lines over the years, and desire hard facts to support any kind of change to what already works. They must firmly plant each step before considering the next because they strive for perfection.
The Weight Lifter
Weight Lifters often do the hands-on heavy work within the organization. They either have a history with or have become a niche expert in their role or industry. They want to have a voice and share problems that might lie ahead. When first told about a new change, Weight Lifters often dig their heals in on implementing it until they are convinced their opinions matter.
The choice is yours – to manage change and become a star performer or resist it and miss the opportunities in your future.