Summary of Make Change Work for You
10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty
From MAKE CHANGE WORK FOR YOU by Scott Steinberg. Summarized by arrangement with Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
Transform fear into a secret weapon for success.
Coping with change is a pivotal skill in modern business, but it’s a tough ability to cultivate. Agility in the face of change requires creativity, flexibility, a voracious appetite for information and, above all, courage. According to consultant Scott Steinberg, fear is the number-one obstacle to managing change effectively. He explains that change and uncertainty trigger several potent fears – among them “fear of failure,” “fear of embarrassment” and “fear of losing control.” When you are afraid, you tend to respond instinctively, not rationally. You either try to avoid the issue (“Digital photography will never catch on”) or you blow it out of proportion (“I’ll lose my job!”). Steinberg’s advice: Don’t squelch your fears; make use of them. He calls fear a “personal radar system” that reveals where new trends, threats and opportunities will emerge. Steinberg, a sought-after keynote speaker, is an enthusiastic, invigorating author with a refreshing perspective on fear. However, most of his information, while relevant and useful, isn’t new, and some of his tips are frustratingly obvious, like, to minimize risk and choose the strategy that’s most likely to succeed. Nevertheless, getAbstract recommends his clarion call for fortitude to executives, entrepreneurs, managers, investors, futurists and anyone seeking ways to manage change with courage.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why adapting to change is a necessary skill
- Why some leaders are afraid to innovate
- How your fears can help you build agility
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