How do you deal with uncertainty when starting a new role, taking on a new challenge in your current organization, or hiring a team member? Transitions can be difficult since we don’t always know what to expect and may feel unsure of our success.
Here are some tips for managing uncertainty in a way that builds confidence and helps you gain positive momentum:
1. Confirm your new priorities
Take it one step at a time. Verify with your team what is involved in a particular initiative, who else is working with you on it, their roles, your role, what you need to deliver, and when.
2. Confirm how you will communicate
Even if you’ve worked with your team for a long time, if your role has changed, it’s a good idea to check in more frequently, perhaps establish a regular check-in time. This way you can provide updates, identify any problems, and correct the course quickly. When you can’t meet in person, decide the best way to connect, whether via phone, text, email, video call, etc.
3. Set small goals
When starting a new role, it takes time to figure out the most efficient way to do things. You might have to use skills that are new or that you haven’t used recently. Take it easy on yourself. Break it down into small, manageable tasks, so you’re not overwhelmed. For example:
- Start by listing all the information you need.
- Then list people who may have worked on the same or a similar project, who are a resource to go to for the information, as well as advice and ideas.
- Download any support documents you can access.
- Create a project timeline and input deadlines into your calendar.
4. Establish boundaries
Figure out what you need to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and in the friendliest way, let your team know. You may prefer to keep your door closed when working on a demanding task. You may choose not to respond to emails that come in after work hours but instead wait until the next day.
There may be meetings or events that take place outside your typical workday, such as “Lunch & Learns” or even happy hour networking events. Participate when you can, but only when you feel it
contributes to your learning and visibility, and your mental and physical wellbeing.
5. Ask for help
As you start your new endeavour, there may be a lot to learn. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone who can serve as a mentor and help you navigate your new path. Specify exactly where you are struggling. Be proactive and communicate effectively to accelerate success.
6. Share your ideas
It’s important to listen when you first start out. But as you settle in, don’t be afraid to share your own ideas with your team at meetings or, if it feels more comfortable, first with your mentor privately. Most businesses encourage the sharing of ideas, as it fosters a culture of innovation and creativity. And it will build your profile as a valuable member of the team.
Let’s make your transition a smooth one
Successfully navigating change can be stressful. To make the transition as smooth as possible, book a complimentary discovery call. We love helping business leaders successfully embark into unknown territory in a way that brings both excitement and fulfillment. It’s all about confidence and communication, and of course, mindset.