Dealing With Change at Work (from a control freak)

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who can roll with the punches and deal with change. Last week, I found out that is so wrong. I started my current job a little over a year ago, and have finally started to get comfortable. I have my routine, relationships with people, and somewhat of an understanding of the business.

Enter curve ball. There are some organizational changes coming that could force me into making a decision I really don’t want to make (yet). Long story short, I can move and get a promotion, or stay in Phoenix and continue with my current position but report to someone else. Seems like no big deal right? Apparently not to me because the whole situation sent me into a tailspin. So much for calm, cool, and collected in the face of change.

My first mistake was forgetting the entire situation may not even happen. My second mistake was trying to make decisions based on information I did not have, and my third mistake was trying to control something that was completely out of my control.

Have I mentioned that describing me as a “control freak” wouldn’t even begin to cover it?

Whether you work in massive corporations or small family owned companies, change is inevitable, and learning how to deal with that change is necessary. This week I definitely learned that I can’t have a meltdown each time something changes, especially when I don’t have all the information. It is also important to remember that sometimes change is a really good thing, which I am trying to keep in the front of my mind.

My next move is picking up a book on how to deal with change without losing your sanity. What are some of your tips and tricks?

p.s. Did anyone snag some pieces from the Something Navy collection at Nordstrom? These are a few of my favorites! Some things are even back in stock online 🙂

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