I’ve had clients who have gone into negative spirals as a result of massive change and uncertainty that occurred in their companies. This isn’t unusual, but the more senior you are, the more you’re under the microscope when this happens.
Your boss, your peers, and your staff will respond to you in different ways. No matter how they see it – even if all they’re doing is picking up your negative energy – it can leave the wrong message and even undo your reputation.
When these things happen, you need to get a grip and remember to be the leader that people expect you to be. If you don’t like what’s going on in your organization, be careful where and how you voice this dissatisfaction. An “innocent” random comment can be repeated to someone who can use it against you.
One of the most important action steps you can take is to make sure that you aren’t slipping into the role of the victim. It’s much better to be proactive and take positive action that will keep you and everyone else focused on productive activity.
Of course, this isn’t always easy, but it will create much better outcomes than moping around and wondering what the future has in store.
It’s always good to have someone to talk to at times like this. Try not to burden your family, because it might make them nervous about your collective future. If you don’t work with an advisor or coach, it may be the appropriate time to begin such a relationship.
Just remember the microscope – you don’t want everyone examining every little thing that you do. “Proactive and productive” should be your mantra.
Have a great week!