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Creating an Adaptable life


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Change happens to us all the time. Normally, it happens so slowly that we don't particularly notice. Sometimes the change happens so quickly that we do notice.

My life changed in September 2009. With sudden hearing loss and constant vertigo, my life took a sudden turn. I learned to ask for help; to accept that I can’t control everything; to see the current state so and to envision where I want to go. I'm adapting how I work, live, and travel so that I can be successful. Things have changed; adapting has allowed me to continue to live, work and enjoy my life. Does this sound like an agile approach to life to you?

Irrespective of your changes, you must adapt to the new challenges. It may be a move to agile or working with partners and other teams who are adopting new ways of working. For some of you, change might feel subtle. For some of you, change can feel like a 2x4. How do you adapt to ensure you are still successful and enjoy your life?

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Creating an Adaptable life

  1. 1. Creating an Adaptable Life Johanna Rothman New: ManageYour Job Search @johannarothman 781-641-4046
  2. 2. © 2014 Johanna Rothman WhatWouldYou Do If … 2
  3. 3. © 2014 Johanna Rothman A Midlife Crisis! My old life was gone, never to return I had a new life, whether I liked it or not 3
  4. 4. © 2014 Johanna Rothman The problem is not the problem. The problem is how we deal with the problem. 4
  5. 5. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Everyone Adapts 5
  6. 6. © 2014 Johanna Rothman WhatWas I? A Survivor 6
  7. 7. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Face the Loss Before/After What must you do? What can you do? What provides you joy? What no longer enhances your life? 7
  8. 8. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Small Steps Take a step and get some feedback Learn from it Repeat Inspect/Adapt 8
  9. 9. © 2014 Johanna Rothman I Read More Books My docs told me I was a “medical mystery” and there was no cure Ha! 9
  10. 10. © 2014 Johanna Rothman See the Reality Who can you fool most often? We need feedback to see ourselves and our capabilities 10
  11. 11. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Keep Laughing I had plenty of pity parties We made deaf jokes and dizzy blond/broad jokes immediately Oscar Wilde said “ Life is far too important to be taken seriously.” 11
  12. 12. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Maintain Physical Health… Drink water… Gym, PT, dance, you name it, I do it 12
  13. 13. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Emotional Resilience 13
  14. 14. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Another Great Resilience Book Chapter 14 Sublimation Altruism Suppression Anticipation Humor 14
  15. 15. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Ask for Help You cannot do what you need to by yourself Asking for help is a sign of strength It’s a gift to other people 15
  16. 16. © 2014 Johanna Rothman BuildYour Community of Support I ask people at conferences I ask people in my workshops People at the airport, on trains People are wonderful 16
  17. 17. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Family Support is Critical 17
  18. 18. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Achieve Some Success Small wins make you feel accomplishment and provide you some feedback 18
  19. 19. © 2014 Johanna Rothman How DoYou SeeYourself? How do you describe yourself? You are not a label or your role 19
  20. 20. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Discuss the Undiscussable Things will not proceed as you like all the time You will need to make difficult decisions You must be able to discuss them with your family and/ or counselors 20
  21. 21. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Pick and Choose I sayYes and No very carefully 21
  22. 22. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Target for Success What does success mean for you? 22
  23. 23. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Persevere What is the most desirable trait in a candidate? How do we learn to succeed? 23
  24. 24. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Start Here Take one small step Get a little feedback Learn from it Try again 24
  25. 25. © 2014 Johanna Rothman Stay inTouch? Pragmatic Manager: pragmaticmanager CreateAdaptableLife newsletter: On LinkedIn: johannarothman 25