QHow do you survive a management change or restructuring?

answered April 29th, 2010 by Phoebe Wright

I’ve been through tons of management change and restructuring — one time, when I was a department head, I had eleven bosses in one year!


How did I survive?


  1.  Every new boss means that you just changed jobs, be on your best behaviour and don’t assume your great track record stands for much.  One of my new VPs said that he thought all my high performance ratings in the past must have been due to lenient standards.
  2. Take it easy on yourself and try to keep things in perspective.  Go for a massage.  Walk.  Have some fun.  (Your spouse does not want to hear about your work all the time, leave it there.)
  3. Learn the lingo.  Mocking all the new goals and slogans is a total waste of time.  
  4. Be professional at all times.  If you don’t like it, leave gracefully and quickly.


I learned a lot of these lessons the hard way, by doing the opposite.


Good luck all!



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