There’s a big change coming, you can feel it – but the people in charge aren’t saying much about what it is or how it might affect you.


Of course, there’s plenty of speculation and rumour, but none of it is good news. There’s talk of cutbacks, lay-offs and redundancies and because no-one knows what’s really going on, no-one’s planning, deciding or doing anything.

The more people freeze, the more uncertain things seem, the more people freeze. Everyone’s just waiting for the axe to fall.

That’s what drives everyone crazy: the wait. So why wait?

Step One. Choose your attitude.

There’s no law that says you have to be automatically ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ about change, so stay neutral. Keep your mind open and curious; it gives you the edge when everyone else’s is jammed shut.

Step Two: Get control of the facts.

Instead of waiting to be told what’s gonna happen, make a concerted effort to seek out reliable, trustworthy people in a position to have at least some of the facts. Restrict your thinking to only what you know for sure and filter out anything that sounds like rumour or speculation, as most of it is bound to be wrong.

Step Three: Make your own decisions.

Stop worrying about what ‘they’ may (or may not) do and work out what you’re going to do, in either case. Have your Plans A and B (and maybe C) ready to roll and take back control of your life.

So what are you waiting for?

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Written by Jason Clarke

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Celebrated author, adventurer, gold medal Olympian and popular TV chef; Jason is none of these things. He is, however, one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country. As founder of Minds at Work, he’s helped people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shooting to culture change and leadership.