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As the business environment becomes more turbulent and unpredictable, professionals must embrace certain qualities to thrive. In this manual on managing career change, outplacement consultant Raymond Lee argues that the most crucial quality is a growth mind-set. Having one, he believes, enables you to stay open to continuous development and learning, and willing to take on unfamiliar challenges in unfamiliar fields.

About the Author

Founder and CEO of Careerminds, a global outplacement company, Raymond Lee has experience in human resources, outplacement and career consulting.

Summary

Everyone will experience sudden change in his or her career.

Change can come from external circumstances: Your company may institute layoffs, open challenging new roles or require staff members to relocate. Impetus for change can come from within: Perhaps you no longer find your job fulfilling, or you feel accepting a certain position was a mistake. Maybe you sense the time is right to start your own business.

To successfully navigate these transitions, draw on four principles: 

  1. Choice – You possess the courage to make life-changing decisions and the fortitude to accept responsibility for those decisions.
  2. Mind-set – You have tolerance for risk, confidence in your ability to handle new challenges and the determination to work hard to achieve success.
  3. Agility – You are ready and able to pivot when a choice doesn’t work out or when a new opportunity arises. 
  4. Trust – You accept that you can’t know the outcome of your choices, but have faith in the path you chose.

These principles link and influence each other. The...


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