Posted by Kate Potters, COO, Glenmont Group
A freak snow storm, an earthquake, and Hurricane Irene have recently rocked the
NY Metro area. Some things are in our control and others are not. Managers
change, companies are bought, the economy tanks, and life goes on. I have found
that it’s not so much the bad things that happen that make life difficult, we eventually
come to terms with them, it’s the initial shock and the effort it takes to make
necessary changes in order to adapt to the new reality that’s painful. And to
further prove my point, as I’m writing this, one of my Directors came in to
tell me his brand new computer died. It’s nothing we planned on, but we can
handle it. He called our IT technician and decided it was best to work from
home the rest of the afternoon. I admire people who have the ability to manage,
even when bad things happen unexpectedly.
Every day I speak to people who are unhappy in their work life or who have recently
been let go. I’ve noticed that if they’ve lost their job and saw it coming,
they have a much easier time and are more proactive and effective in their job
search than people who never saw it coming. After Steve Jobs passed away, I was
surprised to learn that he was fired from Apple, a company he founded. What did
he do? He started Pixar. It really made me stop and think about how devastating
that must have been for him and what an amazingly resilient person he was.
Maybe he saw it coming or maybe he just learned along the way that in life it’s
much easier when we expect the unexpected and get on with it.