Change is inevitable in our current society and economy. In fact, there are only three ways going about change. Either you lead the change, you follow the change like everyone else, or change drags you. The leaders of the world are always fighting to lead the change because the successful ones who do, become rich, famous and in power. The most of us, we follow the changes by adapting, learning and evolving through challenges, improvements and ambition. The most worrying part is that we do know people that we care about that are dragged by change. They are consistently chasing to keep up or struggling to move forward.

So how do you know which category do you fall into? Here are some indications that will help you to identify.

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Lead The Change

  1. You prefer to stand out
  2. You feel passionate about your work
  3. You can defend your job and your decisions
  4. You can justify your reasoning and judgements
  5. You constantly challenge the norm
  6. You constantly have ideas and suggestions to contribute
  7. You are bored with conformity
  8. You probably work longer hours than anyone else
  9. You know what you have to do to stay ahead
  10. You network regularly to tap on others creativity and ideas
  11. You enjoy taking on solo projects or teamwork projects as long as you can lead
  12. You take on extra work that will impact changes and make a difference

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Follow The Change

  1. You don’t follow blindly, but you don’t want to be left out as well
  2. You can justify the bigger picture and is comfortable following the lead as long as you believe
  3. You believe you can stand up and say no but most of the time, you will follow suit unless it is unreasonable or unrealistic.
  4. You are well adapt to change
  5. You evolve much quicker than any of the other two groups
  6. Sometimes you find ways to leverage the situation and take lead of the change
  7. You know what you have to do to be aligned with your peers
  8. You always sign up and participate in training and courses to improve yourself
  9. You contribute ideas during meetings
  10. You enjoy teamwork in a project environment
  11. You take on extra work where you can learn and challenge yourself

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Drag by The Change

  1. You have been in the same position and same role for more than three years
  2. You don’t think much about where you will be in the next 3 to 5 years
  3. You avoid additional work like the plague
  4. You don’t like taking on projects
  5. You prefer to take a supporting backseat than to be in the limelight during projects or events
  6. You think extra training and courses are eating into your personal time
  7. You are happy with your position and salary and don’t think life can get any better
  8. You are quiet during meetings
  9. You are okay with your younger peers surpassing you in promotions and increments
  10. You are not angry if you are overlooked for an opportunity

So which category do you fall into? It is never too late to make a change in how you view your career. Everyone wants different things in life, and it is alright because no one is the same. Share your opinion on the above with us in the comments below.


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7 replies on “Are you cowering from change?

  1. During my wage-earner years as a university administrator, I saw all three of these. You have them down perfectly! Especially the “Drag by the Change” bunch. You know I remember one guy who absolutely loved that world of “no change” for him it was a safety net. He’s now retired and he follows his dull routine every day, but I believe he’s quite unhappy. At work he was miserable.

    Great post! Thank you Kelly.

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