So notes Doug Sundheim, a adviser whose friend recently got the ax in a round of corporate layoffs.
Sundheim’s friend really liked his job and the firm, and offered a leader’s perspective: “Normally I’d be pretty angry, but I’m starting to recognize that I’ve got a choice. I can let this situation harden me or soften me. I can let it shut me down or open me up. And I’m starting to realize that the latter is much more useful.”
When you find yourself in a tough spot, Sundheim says:
- Become curious about what happened. What are the facts? How did you contribute to the problem? What would you not change?
- Make the appropriate changes as quickly as possible.
- Recognize what is indestructible in you. Ask yourself: “What are my indestructible strengths?”