According to Wikipedia, acceleration is the rate at which the velocity of a body changes with time. So what term describes the change a body itself is undergoing? It’s an important word because the one body most of us experience every day – the workplace – is changing like never before.
The term that best describes this workplace tumult is transformation. Our jobs, our occupations, our employer’s expectations are all now morphing at warp speed Those changes, in turn, are transforming the workplace faster and more profoundly than at any other time in our careers.
We are witnessing the epochal shift from an industrial era to a technological one, but we are not simply bystanders to it. All of that change is impacting our careers, our employment security, even our self-confidence. Transformation is at one and the same time exciting and intimidating. It opens new doors and slams shut those we have always counted on.
So, what should we do? Must we resign ourselves to being pushed and shoved about by the careless hand of change? Or, can we shape the outcome, can we ride that change to an end state that benefits us?
Those alternatives are the choice facing every working person today. The latter course, however, is the only one that preserves and amplifies hope. Surrendering to change is the easy path but it inevitably leads to defeat; mastering change is harder, but it leads to victory. It puts change to work for us.
That’s the pathway of Career Activism. Co-transformation. As the world of work is transformed by external forces, we undertake our own transformation. We recreate ourselves with the knowledge, skills and ability to leverage the change in the workplace, to capture its potential benefits and diminish its potential harm.
Yes, co-transformation is onerous and trying. Allowing yourself to be the victim of change is more so. Much more so.
Thanks for Reading,