Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chaos Theory

The name "chaos theory" comes from the fact that the systems that the theory describes are apparently disordered, but chaos theory is really about finding the underlying order in apparently random data.

Is that kind of ordered thinking possible when the wheels are coming off at your office? With everything that's happening in the business world today- layoffs, a shrinking economy, impending inflation, social unrest, to name but a few- it can be hard to find that "underlying order".

But, to paraphrase Gene Simmons (my financial guru and proxy life-coach) if you're still breathing, you're in the game. Even when things seem to be flying out of control, step back, and assess the situation. You'll probably see there is some kind of "underlying order" to the madness, or at least options available to you, if you just take the time to look. In fact, the chaos that's causing you initial stress may be CREATING options and positive conditions moving forward.

If your department has been riddled with layoffs, dismissals, or key team members moving on to greener pastures, don't focus on the avalanche of new tasks you'll no doubt be tasked with. Instead, look for the openings, the opportunities. In the short run, you may indeed be somewhat worse off, but if you can find a way to leverage your new situation properly, it may actually be a plus!

Your new duties might put you in front of new eyes at your company, people in a position to help your career who previously didn't know you existed. Seize this opportunity to showcase your talents in the new roles you're asked to fill.

You never know who's watching, and you never know who your next boss might be. Focus on the things you can control, maintain an even temperment, and you'll make it through the craziest times to find that elusive "underlying order".

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