Wednesday, May 25, 2011

When Change Backfires

You have been working diligently with your coach on identifying new behaviors to help you realize your career goals. You recognize that what you have been doing is not working for you. You are ready to try a new approach. You push out of your comfort zone and go for it!

Okay, you have taken the "new you" for a test drive. But the result was a speeding ticket rather than cheers for the way you handled the road. Colleagues pushed back; the status quo was obviously not a problem for them. You are disappointed and frustrated. What do you do now?

Here are some questions to ask yourself: Did you lay the groundwork for your new behavior or did you just spring it on your colleagues? People don't like surprises. Did you consider the impact of your different approach from your colleagues point of view? This is where high Emotional Intelligence comes into play. Manage your emotions and step back to analyze the situation as objectively as possible and to come up with a modified approach. The road to change is marked by bumps and potholes. Stay the course, but learn to navigate around the obstacles. You will get to your destination.

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