Excelling in a Turbulent Organization

Rapid transformation has become a feature of many organizations trying to cope with the market disruptions, challenges and volatility. Such transformation is often associated with turbulence that leads to anxiety, demotivation and frustration. The following techniques briefly illustrate how to turn turbulence in your organization into a chance for extraordinary achievement.

Context Comprehension
Firstly, you should start with understanding the imperatives that triggered the change process, as well as, the target state sought by the senior management. If the change direction does not align with your personal strategy or the change objectives seem unrealistic you should clearly decide not to proceed with that organization and pursue an exit plan. It is also crucial to identify the change agents: the inspirers who fuel and lead the movement; knowing them, their intentions and viewpoints is another step for better understanding of the context.

Vision & Leadership
Once you decide about staying on board, you have to formulate transparently your role in the change process in alignment with the business needs and management orientation. Even if your decision is to quit, you need to leave behind a good reputation and a successful record. If you are leading a team, clarity about the challenges and requirements is the best way to get them started right. During the change process, stay compassionate, motivational and supportive of your team in order to counteract their sensation of instability and uncertainty. Leading by example, especially when it comes to carrying out tough and challenging assignments, will get you more influential.

Stick to Your Craft
During turbulence, rumours, conflicts and polarization spread out even in the most homogeneous organizations simply because the majority turn on the defensive mode. However, you should not feel so if you are confident about your capabilities. Refraining yourself from taking part in these conflicts will keep you focused on professional development while the majority is stagnating. Upon encountering shortcomings, avoid the personal criticism and better criticize with “we should”. By focusing on solving the problem not directing the blame you will be adding value in the hard times and soon you will emerge as one of your company’s champions.

At first, you shall start with the internal confrontation. Avoiding procrastination and being proactive when everyone is retreating to the safe zones will keep you ahead. One of the effective techniques in this regard is outlining the pending tasks once you are assigned with them. By breaking down the scary tasks, you will put down the fear barrier and you will start realizing how manageable the execution is. Despite the heavy load of the business as usual, spare not less than 20% of your time for leveraging your skill set and learning, this will pay off dramatically! Do not escape confrontations with your team members in case of shortcomings, as long as, you are handling them objectively and professionally away from biases, accusations and heated debates.

Energy Supply
To stay productive, inspired and avoid burning out, you shall refrain yourself from anything that could deplete energy. Start with abstaining yourself from the poisonous talks with the change skeptics or the permanently cynic opposition. Rumours and gossip will just turn you into a frightened victim unable to focus or innovate. Moreover, you shall put an end to the excessive distraction in the working environment and keep your work organized more than ever, because the work flow is about to get more messy. Stress, as a work condition, is healthy as it gets you efficient and creative. However, stress as a state of mind is disastrous thus you should evade it by maintaining a positive mood and a balanced lifestyle. Also, exercising will help decrease your stress level and uplift your spirits as it releases endorphins.

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