Much of the country is experiencing record-breaking, bitter cold this winter. And yet, some weeks, we’ve had snow storms on one day, with bright sunshine and 50 degrees the next. In a few months, we’ll be experiencing heat and humidity. The old saying goes ‘if you wait a minute, the weather will change.” As human beings, we readily adapt to these weather changes. We build a wardrobe for whatever the weather in our area brings – hot, cold, rain, snow, sun, etc.
You could apply that old saying to what happens at work these days – wait a minute, and it will change. As I sat yesterday evening in front of the fire, I was thinking about what kind of wardrobe we are building for ourselves at work so that, when change happens, we have what’s needed to adapt. Are we building an athletic wardrobe so that when we need to reach across silos we are comfortable and able to move easily? Do we have our creative hat when we need to approach a challenge in a new and unique way? Do we have our metaphorical heavy coat so we can get results even when things feel blustery?
Too often we put on armor to protect ourselves from having to adapt and change. Wouldn’t a wardrobe with a nice pair of shorts help us to be comfortable when things get heated? Or a well-tailored coat for when we have to face a cold front? Or a comfy pair of jeans for when we need to be ready to stretch and reach feel so much better?
What are you doing to not only broaden your work wardrobe, but to update it for what’s needed in 2019? How about your teams? Are they stuck in a snowbank?