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11 Ways to Succeed at Work During Turbulent Times

August 26, 2009
Updated March 30, 2015

Change Ahead The past six years have been a rollercoaster. A near global financial meltdown, followed by what has been dubbed The Great Recession (the worst economic slowdown since The Great Depression) and anemic recoveries in most Western countries, combined with major technological advancements in telecommunications, have turned the traditional organizational model on its head. That’s not to ignore the virtual disappearance of the sacred employment contract between employers and workers. Job security is now a dinosaur, even in the once-safe public sector.

As the American humorist Will Rogers once said: “It’s not what we don’t know that hurts, it’s what we know that ain’t so.”

This applies aptly to our current economic turmoil and the uncertainty of what’s in store for economies around the world in the months to come. The forecasts pre-2008 financial meltdown were naive, and those following The Great Recession were ill founded. In short, no one has a clue, especially economists.

There are numerous events of which we have no control over. However, there are things we do control. By focusing on these we will be able to improve our performance at work, build better relationships with co-workers, and reduce our stress levels. Take a moment to reflect on the following 11 ways to succeed at work.

1. Tell the truth to superiors, to one another and to ourselves.

2. Live our lives with integrity, being consistent with what we say and do at home, at work, and in our communities.

3. Ignore those who attempt to infect us with their cynicism.

4. Take responsibility for our own learning and personal growth.

5. Initiate change at work for the betterment of our organizations.

6. Persevere in making our organizations better places in which to work.

7. Lead balanced lives between work and home.

8. Be inclusive leaders, actively ensuring that others have the opportunity to lead.

9. Be followers, knowing when it is time to move to the side.

10. Celebrate our accomplishments.

And when you fail at any of these elements, don’t forget the 11th one:
Don’t give up, keep trying.

What would you also add to this list?


To thrive in a world of change and chaos, we will need to accept chaos as an essential process by which natural systems, including organizations, renew and revitalize themselves.
(Kevin McCarey, Leadership and the New Science)


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2012 1:16 pm

    A good list for all times, not just turbulent times!

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