I have several clients and colleagues who have been promoted or hired into new roles: the kind of roles that require moving themselves and their families around the globe or across the country. The kind of roles that have them evolving from founder to true CEO, stepping into the C-suite, changing industries, and leaving comfort zones as they move through FEAR (Face Everything And Rise) and into a growth mindset.
Stepping into a new role or chapter in our lives requires acceptance: accepting that what got us to where we are, won’t necessarily help us to thrive forward. Nothing changes if nothing changes.
Many executives fall into the trap of continuing to do what they have always done. Starting anew means we have the chance to create new neural pathways by thinking, behaving, and speaking differently. Clients often ask me what they can do so they can be successful as possible in a new role. Here are seven tips:
Each time we enter a new chapter we create a new map, compass, and guideposts. There is no “plug and play” travel guide: no failproof steps to follow. As we grow in our careers and lives, enhancing self-awareness must be our go-to and we enhance it by a combination of self-reflection, acceptance, and letting trusted others give us feedback. Self-awareness is fuel; it helps us to breakthrough a scarcity-and-fear-based-mindset so we can move into an abundance-and-growth-mindset. Digging deep and letting new experiences transform us is the sanest way to expand our capacity and make the most of new possibilities.
Karen is currently writing a book about how the power of connection can transform leaders into catalysts, groups into teams, and businesses into places where people lean in to courage, clarity, and compassion.
During this time of sanitizing wipes, hands made raw from washing, and lighting many a candle, let’s take a page out of the playbook of a global team our firm has worked with for many a moon. Their success is built on a myriad of strengths which include the ability to navigate chaos with courage and wisdom, using it as a catalyst for transformation.