- …Like learning to drive, and turning the wheel to fast or hitting the brake too hard and then doing the complete opposite?
- He makes a plan, works his plan, dots i’s crosses, t’s, and always delivers before the deadline.
- If you have a question about a project, he’s researched it, and has a file full of information that can help you.
The challenge is that he is not an attention seeker and he doesn’t fight for the spotlight.
- His nature is to speak up when it seems appropriate, but if you don’t listen – you miss his wisdom, and he will react a bit like a turtle and pull his head inside his shell.
- For years he quietly added significant value to the organization he worked in.
- But most of that value was hidden below the surface far deeper and wider than what could be seen at a glance.
So when a layoff eventually happened…
And just like learning to drive – he overcorrected.
- Sometimes with volume, sometimes with data, sometimes hammering so hard on an issue that it drove people away.
- He’s working to grow beyond his comfort zone.
- And he’s become more and more effective at it.
When you make a drastic change to your behavior:
- Don’t do it out of fear.
- Don’t do it without explanation.
- Hold tightly to the vision of what you are trying to achieve and how it will change your life.
- Remind yourself of who you are and the value of what you bring.
- Be open about what you are trying to learn.
- Remember that over-correction is a normal part of learning and give yourself grace.
- Don’t give up.
Image credits: Ace Concierge