I have been in Dublin for more than a year now. The move to Ireland wasn’t just a career choice for my husband; it was fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams.
And the move has been amazing. Ireland is beyond beautiful; the green pastures, the stunning cliffs, and rocky shores never disappoint. And the people…they have been so kind and welcoming. It truly has been an unbelievable experience so far.
But I would be lying if I said there haven’t been moments when it hasn’t been so great.
In fact, there have been a few moments when I have wanted nothing more than to pack my bags and head back to New Mexico. As with anything in life, there have been some unexpected challenges.
With my work, I had planned to hit the ground running and I ended up hitting the ground with a great big THUD. It took more than a year to be able to establish a business here, which was a very unexpected complication. It was BEYOND frustrating.
I had anticipated making some adjustments on a personal level, but I hadn’t anticipated doing it professionally.
So over the last year there were times when I felt sad, mad, disappointed, and irritated…oooooh so irritated.
Now if you have seen my TEDx talk, you know that I’m up to the challenge of the unexpected, but being up to it doesn’t mean I am able to circumvent the range of emotions that come with it.
What it does mean is that I am able to adapt and change.
I am able to adapt and change because of the years of experience I have living and working around the world, and leading incredibly diverse teams. I’ve been able to develop the capacity to be resilient and flexible enough to adjust my plans and expectations.
It’s NOT easy. It takes effort and focus. But it makes all of the difference in the world.
Since my first experience abroad, I’ve been committed to increasing my ability to adapt which has required continuous growth and transformation. And real leaders do the same thing, for themselves and those they lead.
Real leaders find ways to transfer their knowledge and experience, and apply their own learning into their leadership. A great quote by Ralph Nader sums it up perfectly. He says, “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
Because let’s face it. Things change.
Whether you move across the globe or stay right where you are, change is inevitable. In fact, it is the one thing we can count on.
Real leaders understand and accept change not only as a reality, but as an opportunity. They create organizations that are able to adapt and change, and be both proactive and responsive to changes in our environment.
We are leading organizations in a rapidly changing environment, and we have to be able to be creative and innovative. So to help you in this endeavor, this video blog includes:
- The 2 primary forces of change
- The difference between change and transition
- 3 Steps you can take to foster a culture of learning in your organization (that won't cost you anything)
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