This is the second of a two-part series about successfully moving through change. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to part one.
- SHOCK: they lay me off.
- FRUSTRATION: I have lost my work, team, colleagues, schedule, identity.
- DEPRESSION: escape into TV, books. Wallow.
- EXPERIMENTATION: Playlists (read: music and dancing), audiobooks, exercise.
Okay, next!!!! This was my decision. I set a new goal: I want an opportunity with a firm (industry agnostic) that needs an experienced change management leader who engineers successful people-centric processes and actively engages employees in implementing technology solutions. Fraternizing with like-minded people became a daily endeavor. My profiles on LinkedIn, Indeed, ExecuNet, BlueSteps got fresh updates.
I developed my script for my exit story and connected with
to continue to give and get joy, information, and inspiration!
Day by day, I’m becoming who I am.
The Weekly Routine
Wake up and give thanks (daily)
Connect with hubby, sons, and BFF
Tune into podcasts, ‘The Daily’, ‘Up First’, ‘Hidden Brain’ and ‘Workplace Stories by RedThread’
Volunteer @ food pantry
Check email at scheduled times
Fraternize with fellow job seekers
Have conversations with people in my target companies
Checkout my LinkedIn and Indeed feeds
Meet in person/virtually, socially with friends and colleagues
Give thanks and get 7+ hours sleep (daily)
First came the change: They let me go; I must find a new job.
Then I felt I was in a dream-like state as I went through the Kübler-Ross change curve phases.
Now the change is integrated and does not dominate my life. I am awake. Managing my personal change is business as usual, along with other healthy habits in my new normal.
Thanks for reading.
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