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Identify your best change-related skills.
BY DOING THIS
– Recall what you did during past changes.
– Read past performance reviews.
– Ask the people you worked with for feedback.
Everyone goes through a personal transition when their company goes through a business transition—it's normal. Most cope with the stress by busying themselves with change-related tasks, and often become overwhelmed from having too much work to do in the too-little time available.
A better approach is to first take stock of what you do well. Knowing (and using) your strengths is an antidote to fear and an amplifier of abilities.
Reviewing actions you do well is a good start to creating your inventory of change skills. Examples of actions are planning, motivating people and problem solving. Your past performance reviews can reveal patterns of these types of actions and behaviours that have served you well. Your network is another source of feedback on strengths. Ask people for two inputs: what you do well, and what your “watch-out” areas are. Most people will give you balanced views.
Once you have completed your research, pick your best three strengths to leverage when completing your tasks, knowing they will assist you in any situation.
ADAPTATION STRENGTH ASSESSMENT TOOL: What skills have I demonstrated?
Skills I've observed:
Skills my managers have observed:
Skills my team members have observed:
Ask your peers to validate each of these three sets of responses.
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