Chapter 14 – Make a Change

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5 Questions to Reflect

  1. When was the last time you made a decision to change something major?
    • Describe the change? Was it personal or professional?
  2. How did you know it was the right change to make?
  3. As you look at your life right now, what changes do you see on the horizon?
  4. What will be the indicators you will look at to know whether it is time to change?
  5. How does the understanding that sometimes it is time for a change help you think about thriving in the 5%?

5 Tips to Thrive

  1. Think about your biggest issue right now and determine what kind of change needs to happen to make it better. Is it personal? Professional?
  2. Put your “yes” on the table – if even just to look at it from all angles. Instead of allowing the default “no” to shut down the conversation, think about what the “yes” could be and spend some time envisioning the possibilities.
  3. Talk with a mentor and share your thoughts and possible next steps. Ask them what else you could or should be thinking about.
  4. If you’re struggling to pinpoint what is causing dissatisfaction, think back to Pink’s autonomy, mastery and purpose. Is there one aspect that could be better and reflect on how that could be improved.
  5. Know that change is and will be hard. Don’t wait for it to get easy. Just start making small steps towards the change when you know it’s the right thing to do.

5 Resources to Dig Deep

  1. BOOK: James Basco and Ralph Stayer – Flight of the Buffalo: Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead
  2. ARTICLE: Kathy Caprino – 5 Undeniable Signs It is Time to Leave Your Job
  3. BLOG: Paul Angone – 3 Signs it is Time to Make a Big, Scary Change
  4. BLOG: Seth Godin – So Busy Doing My Job I Can’t Get Any Work Done
  5. BOOK: Joe Farcht – Building Personal Leadership