In my twenty-five-year consulting practice with about half the
Fortune 500 firms, and in coaching executives and entrepreneurs
globally, I’ve found a fascinating phenomenon: not enough people
prepare for success!
They prepare for failure, disappointment, delay, and even cataclysm,
but not necessarily for the blessings and opportunities that regularly
occur in life and work. Hence, my attraction to Roberta Matuson’s
work and her distinctive approach to managing up and down. This
book is intended to turn you topsy-turvy. How appropriate!
Volatility in the workplace is not a passing fad, temporary trend,
or singular aspect of unpredictable economies. It is the new normal. As
you view your career—not merely your “work” nor solely your “job”—
you must assume a 360-degree view, because at any given time you
may be suddenly thrust into a different part of that universe. You may
emerge groggy from the wormhole, or you can emerge primed and
ready for new responsibilities and differing relationships.
Relationships change based on juxtaposition. Yesterday’s lunch
buddy can be tomorrow’s trusted lieutenant or troublesome nihilist. The
earth isn’t flat and neither is your professional or business universe. You
will move, rotate, and revolve among others, but your alignment and
realignment aren’t subject to immutable laws of nature, quantum physics,
or “dark matter.”They are dependent upon your own preparation
and energetic responsibility for new conditions and relationships. Unlike
the universe, it’s not uncommon for rapidly moving organizational bodies
to crash and burn. Unfortunately, we all see it happen routinely.