Resisting change in the workplace is common. Colleagues resist because of the need to learn something new. A new procedure, new policies, new software, new colleagues, and new bosses. It can be draining and require added adaptation and effort, so we comply but are not necessarily happy.
Then are those times when we want to change. We are tempted to change when we feel a new procedure, a new job, even a new career will benefit us. Enthusiasm and excitement strike, we want to move forward with the hopes and desire for a better life. A better life filled with the positive results of reward and fulfillment.
Talented people like positive changes in their lives and in all those around them. Often talented and brilliant individuals possess strong feelings that they can evoke change to do things better, and make things better. Excellent, and these leaders for change should. Still, there is a significant caveat.
Seeking change everywhere one thinks that he or she can make no sense; nor does it make sense to run away from changes that are possible. In short, thinking change requires thought and planning.
David Niven, PhD., cited a statistic in his book, The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, “People who rate themselves as intelligent have a 47 percent higher need for change in their professional world. They regularly see possibilities and opportunities around them but must be wary of allowing boredom to encourage them to pursue change for the sake of change.”
When searching for knowledge to learn and grow, one is taken back on the plethora of information available. Books abound, electronic, paperback, and hardcover. Webinars, seminars, courses at colleges, or online, and CD sets. The subjects include leadership development, writing skills, computer skill, becoming social media savvy, investing in the stock market or commodities, and discovering your interests to determine a near perfect career. The subjects on self-improvement and information for acquiring new skills is virtually endless.
Purchasing educational materials should be a serious consideration and to be successful, a substantial commitment. It is true that most often a person will change careers in their lifetime and will work for several employers in one’s career. Again, approach change wisely for a prosperous and rewarding career.