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Here We Go AGAIN?!

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Have you ever felt like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day?  You know, where the same thing (or things) keep happening over and over again? Do you have that gnawing feeling that you’re in a time warp of reversed progress and diametrically opposed familiarity?  Where you say to yourself, “Yup, I’ve been here before!”  Well, you’re not alone because a lot of us have been (and are) there.  Yes, here we go again!

Change, transformation, and how we perceive our performance and handling of them are a funny thing.  Whether we’ve contributed something positive or left a trail of destruction behind us, many can make the claim that they’re transformational people or transformational leaders, professionals of progressive and positive change. When, in fact, our perception couldn’t be farther from the truth.  But, I digress; back to the topic at hand.

When you are uprooted and sent to another work location that is unfamiliar to you, it can leave you feeling a bit anxious.  The same goes when someone in your group, perhaps the pillar in your work group, is moved and you’re left wondering what is going to happen now with this abrupt and unexpected change.  This leaves you and your coworkers with a lot to think about.  Here we go again!

With no warning and no meaningful relationship with some decision makers, you’re left wondering if this move was done with ill intent and malice. Your brain is on overload. You experience every conceivable feeling on both sides of the spectrum.  At some point though, your thoughts come full circle and you start to wonder, although this is bad now, could it result in something good happening later on down the road?  Here we go again!

So, what should the consummate professional do when this happens?  Get up, ride the wave of emotion and change as best you can, and allow yourself as much time as you need to adjust to what’s new. Then regroup and redirect your energy and focus on the business at hand, which hasn’t changed (yes, there’s work to do!).  Keep those lines of communication open, remember those who’ve left and/or those who stayed behind, and actually, intensify and deepen those relationships. Show yourself and everybody else that distance doesn’t break bonds; it anchors and reinforces them.  And, then file this away until the next episode/rerun of …. Here we go again!

 

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