I have experienced many reorganizations as an opportunity. I found that the first six months after an organizational change, the concrete of the bureaucracy was wet and had cracks. I could get things done and changed that were not possible when the organization was stable.
Reorganizations always come packaged with good-sounding reasons that it “will improve the business and better serve the customer”. There is always skepticism and questioning of the leaders and the rationale.
It is in these key moments when others are confused or angry, you can find opportunity. Tie what you want to get done to the new focus as a part of your argument. I have seen amazing success at times. The organizational rules are not as clear about what can and cannot be done. Paths open up to talk to people who were not available to you before the reorganization. Those doors likely will close again in less than six months. For the opportunist much can be achieved.
I am not trying to minimize the pain and fear that many feel. Many wonder about the worst that may happen. I lost my job and started Change Masters. It was the best move of my career life. I would not have done it if I had not been pushed “out of the nest”. You will hear more stories about positive outcomes than negative outcomes from losing a job. So how big is the threat? How willing are you to miss the positive opportunities?
Are you willing to give yourself and others hope in the face of fear? Are you willing to resolve that you will be more prepared for the next reorganization? And yes…. there will be more.
I had recommended to one of my clients to network more often rather than eating lunch as his desk. In the face of a heavy workload … he never got around to it. My phone rang when the reorganization was announced. “I have eaten too many lunches my desk … now what?” was his question. My response was, “Start today and keep it up.” Focus on what you can do now and not on what you should have done.
Look for the opportunities … they are always there. Don’t waste time on what you cannot control. Work on what you can control. Find opportunity or make opportunity.