Many workplaces employ relatively few people and have substantial ongoing change, along with minimal organization structure and informal work processes. It’s also normal to “wear many hats” and change work focus with little or no advance notice. This is particularly evident with startups and entrepreneurs.
Some people thrive in this workplace, others find it very challenging. Regardless, use these recommendations that are particularly applicable to fast moving/changing/unstructured work places to prosper.
Know what those in-charge are thinking. Find out regularly what is on the mind of the people in-charge, their expectations and desires; also their vision and goals; as this can change frequently when there is a lot of fluidity. And align your work and mind-set accordingly.
Identify the type of work that is most important or needed in the organization. When there is substantial on-going change it’s important to regularly consider the types of work that are most important and needed, as it can continually change. How close am I aligned with it? How can I contribute to it? How can I be more proficient at it?
For more guidelines go to: How To Succeed In A Continually Changing And Unstructured Workplace. http://www.advancingyourorganization.com/?p=2987
Michael VanBruaene was a KPMG Director and blogs at Michael VanBruaene Organization Performance Improvement Services – Advancing Your Organization (www.AdvancingYourOrganization.com). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.