when you welcome change and you know it is for the best,
keeping up with the demands of change can simply sap you
am still trying to catch up with myself after a move
just 5 blocks up the street. After all, we are
such creatures of habit. Relearning the most routine
things, like going straight instead of turning right at
a corner or reaching to the left instead of to the right
for the bathroom light switch, can use up energy
is no surprise that moving is one of the most stressful
things you can do. It ranks high on the list along
with getting a divorce or starting a new job.
don't want to admit how many times I mindlessly have
driven to my old house.
Do you feel my pain?
reality, the times are changing in far bigger ways than
my simple change of address. And many of
it can be exhilarating, once you
get past the fear associated with change, which is the
For starters, we are now
in a knowledge economy where intellectual skill is the
new business currency and knowledge workers can
live and perform their work anywhere and on their own
thanks to the seemingly never-ending recession, there is
a whole new population segment of skillful
people falling on hard times but as a result they have
gained perspective and are choosing to move forward in a
forget there is a whole new melting pot brewing
fueled by the exploding diversity in the US,
leaving the Anglo population in a minority position in
some key urban centers.
Not to mention how the
Internet has changed everything in our lives
from how we shop and work to how we network, socialize
and find the love of our lives.
Never ending ch-ch-ch-changes.
And we are exhausted... yet excited!
I was reminded of all of these
changes (and more) this week when I went to hear Stephen
L. Klineberg speak at an event hosted by the Greater
He is professor of sociology at
Rice University and is the founding director of the
annual Kinder Houston Area Survey. He presented the
findings of this research study, now in its 30th year of
tracking demographic and economic changes in the Houston
found the findings remarkable and validating.
it was clear. Changing with the times is essential
for achieving success in the 21st
century. It is not going to be a different
world, it is already a different world than the one you
grew up in.
Here are some key implications
you will need to keep in mind as you go forward in order
to make change work for you.
Don't rely on the old model of a 9-5
job and keeping that job till you
retire. I thought this model was dead
when I started my career in the 80's, but instead it was
on its last legs. Now, this model is officially a thing
of the past. More and more people will be working for
multiple companies during their lifetimes than ever
knowledge workers will offer services on their own
schedules and attract their buyers on their own
you have lost your job recently, it is worth your time
and effort figuring out what your unique offering is and
learning how to market this offering with a professional
presence online rather than simply "pounding
the pavement." Knowledge workers need to develop a voice
and a unique perspective. In a knowledge economy
employers will increasingly be looking for thought
you are still working within the old model, don't put
your head in the sand! Get out and make connections in
your field, create a following and have a professional
voice and presence online. Be one step
2. Quality of life has never been
Both in terms of the cities we live in (remember
knowledge workers can live anywhere) and also in terms
of how we
If you have lost your job
recently, you need to be reevaluating what's important
to you. Need more time with the kids? Don't
want to travel 3 weeks a month? Need to work from
home 1 day a week? Now is the time to get clear on
your "must haves" and "non-negotiables".
Knowledge workers are clear on their
priorities and are proactive in custom-making their work
to bring out the best they have to offer their customers
Even if you haven't lost your
job, it is probably a good time to get clear on these
things. Knowledge workers create work that works
for them and adds value every step of the
Flexible schedules are no longer
a nice-to-have, but will quickly become a must-have for
employers to attract the best in the future.
If you aren't the prototypical leader in
your company or organization, do not get
discouraged! Continue to get clear on your
personal vision, values and strengths and you
The statistics are
clear, the future leaders of tomorrow won't be who they
are today. As an example, in Houston today 50% of
all people ages 18-24 are Hispanic! This exploding trend
also has implications to employers who need to take
stock and evaluate if they are effectively developing
and mentoring a diverse group of people for
Yes,our times have most
definitely changed and they will continue to
change. But turn your exhaustion into exhilaration
by mastering a
few new tricks and make change work for
the Texas Women Who Rock on May 17 and get clear on your
VISION. Register here.
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and understanding what your next step should be?
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Laura Lopez is an
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Connected and Committed Leader. She is also a
consultant, and a Birkman Method certified business
coach who has been featured on the Today Show ,Latina
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In addition, her
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