What I call professional elasticity is when you can stretch beyond your comfort zone, function well in a variety of situations and are able to bounce back quickly from mistakes. Here are common ways your Ã¢â‚¬ËœelasticityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ can be tested and what you can do about it.
Working with a new boss: This usually brings anxiety because a new boss comes with their approaches, new priorities as well as different ways of working with people. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a time to study a new person all over again, to quickly adapt to new ways of doing things. But the arrival of a new boss could also be a time of opportunity. It might bring uncertainty but keep an open mind, be adaptable to change and as supportive as you can.
Job description keeps evolving: Many job descriptions have a tagline Ã¢â‚¬Ëœand any other duties that may be assigned from time to timeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. A sweeping statement no doubt but the reality is your job is unlikely to stay the same for long. So donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be so attached to your job description that you reject opportunities to step out and handle new assignments. Embrace any chance to have enriching experiences so that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be ready to handle any tasks. The more versatile you are, the more stable your career will be.
Placed with a team of high achievers: This can be daunting. Chances are that you have some unique skills to offer the team; be confident and use them. Also honestly and quickly assess where your gaps are and develop them. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pretend to know what you do not know. Have a teachable attitude.