Seeking To Grow In Times of Change

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Today, I'll be sharing the story of Tina who looked for opportunities to grow in a time of change. Tina was a middle-level professional with about eight years of experience and she was working in a company. And she had put in the work. She was very hard-working. Her colleagues respected her. She had been promoted quite a couple of times in the organization and the last time she was promoted was about five years ago. And so she had come to a point in her career where she felt it was time for another promotion.

Now, this organization where Tina was working - it's an organization where there were opportunities for growth. So that makes it different from an organization that maybe was small. This organization was big and there were opportunities for growth, particularly in Tina's department.

Anyway, everything Tina did seem not to be resulting in the promotion she wanted. She couldn't understand why she wasn't being promoted. She spoke with her supervisor. Her supervisor felt she should be promoted. In fact, Tina saw an email that her supervisor had sent to his own superiors recommending her for promotion. So, everything that was done just wasn't forthcoming in terms of promotion for Tina.

Anyway, a lot of things were happening in the organization. There were new owners in the organization. So, it was a very big time of change. There was so much uncertainty with professionals including Tina. They didn't know what was gonna happen to their jobs; whether they were going to lose their jobs or they were going to be retained in the company with the new owners.

So, this particular time, Tina decided that; ok, this is a time of change.

Almost every time, there was some form of announcement in the organization about new ownership, new ways of doing things, and new processes.

So, what did Tina do? She decided that; ok, she was going to further her education at that time.

Now, it wasn't like maybe she had so much money saved. But she looked at what was possible within what she was earning. And she spoke to one of her mentors. And she was able to see a path where she could still further her education and she decided to go along that path.

So, she went to further her education. She decided not to dwell too much on the promotion that wasn't forthcoming for her. She spent some months on the new certification that she was going after. Actually, she spent like over a year. I think, according to the story.

Anyway, just about the time when Tina was about to finish the new certification that she went for, the new owners actually noticed Tina at that point. And everything she had been waiting for in terms of promotion just started landing on her lap. The promotion she was waiting for; she got recommended for that promotion by the new owners. She got some recognition for all the work she had done. Suddenly, everybody thought everything Tina had done up to that point was exceptional. Whereas before, just before she went to further her education, nobody cared.

And so Tina reflected and thought; "oh, ok, this was a very clear case of her seeking to grow in time in a time of change in her career."

And that's why I decided to share that story...for whoever that story may resonate with. Is there something that has so much disrupted your way of life? So much disrupted your routine, if you like?

Why not consider checking for opportunities for advancement and see what's going to happen. And if nothing happens, at least, at the very least, you are better off when you finish with the growth that you went after. You would be better off than the point where you started from.

Hopefully, that encourages someone. I do hope you got one or two things. Be encouraged.

Worry can weigh a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up. 'Cornish’s Cheer' hopes to be an encouragement to people who are under pressure, feel lonely, discouraged, or rejected. I hope these writings impart cheer, and hope and help you flourish with patience, love, and sincerity. Be encouraged and cheered. Also, practice 'speaking' positive affirmations, which can be a powerful tool to help boost confidence.

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