This month, our team have been finalising the design for a new 4-day Master Practitioner Accreditation Programme for Wraw, our psychometric tool which measures resilience and its impact on wellbeing. As well as providing training in how to use Wraw to support coaching, we’ll be sharing slides and facilitation guides, so that Practitioners can deliver their own Wraw workshops. Part of this design process has included a review of our material, selecting the most relevant and impactful tools and techniques to share with our delegates. There’s one specific exercise that feels particularly relevant in the current climate, and it centres on navigating uncertainty.
While change and flux can herald opportunity, there is often also a period of uncertainty. As certain pieces of the jigsaw start to slide into place, new ways of working emerge. However, when finite answers remain elusive, how do you navigate this uncertainty?
Professional And Personal Uncertainty
For many individuals, the current political climate places question marks over how and where they might be working in 12 months’ time.
Within the 5 Pillars of Resilience which underpin Wraw, Pillar 2 – Future Focus – can provide you with ways of getting back in control and establishing your direction of travel.
Get Back In Control
The first step is to consider your situation and identify which aspects of it are directly within your control; what aspects you can influence and those that are simply outside your control at the current time. The most effective use of your energy and focus will be on aspects of this situation that are within your control.
On a piece of paper, draw three circles, as indicated below. Start to list what aspects of your current situation would fall into which circle.
In the example mentioned above, your existing skills, knowledge and capabilities at work are all within your direct control.
However, perhaps the current flux has made you less sure of how relevant these will be in relation to changes that might lie ahead?
Acknowledge What Needs To Change
The next step is to review those skills and identify where the gaps are – what needs to change? Within your skillset, which ones do you draw on the most? Would any of these benefit from a quick refresh? Technical skills, in particular, can date – do you need to top up your knowledge in any specific area?
Considering your current situation, are there any specific skills you’re missing? This could be extended technical knowledge or it might even be a case of enhancing your soft-skills. Is there any formal in-house training you can access? If not, consider the plethora of self-development literature available and set some time aside for self-directed learning.
Shoring up your knowledge-base and skill-set will extend your capacity to flex your capabilities and respond to new opportunities as they emerge.
Define Your Future Focus
While change brings opportunity, uncertainty as to which way the dice will actually roll means there will be benefit in thinking ahead. Working with the existing example, what would be the ideal outcome for you, over the next six to 12 months – your Plan A? How can you channel your skills into this? Are there any conversations you could have now that might influence that outcome in a positive way?
What’s your Plan B? While Plan A may be your preferred route, developing a contingency plan will allow you to switch swiftly across to that if things don’t quite go to plan. Again, how can you influence what happens in this space?
Plan Your Route To Success
Now that you know your direction of travel, it’s time to programme your route. Set a timeline for reaching your ultimate ‘destination’ and identify what this means in terms of when you want to achieve certain key milestones. Create a check-in process either with yourself or a trusted colleague/peer to ensure you stay on course. In this way, if the waters around you continue to churn, you’ll still have a clear view of your own personal horizon.
Restore Clarity And Focus
Navigating uncertainty needn’t be a case of leaving yourself open to the elements. By taking time to understand what you can control and by identifying your most-preferred outcome, you can plan your direction of travel. Restoring individual clarity and focus will ensure you remain resourceful and resilient through an extended period of change.
Alternatively, if you’d like us to deliver Wraw directly into your organisation, please get in touch and ask us about our client programmes: firstname.lastname@example.org