Change is constant, of course, but this year does feel like one of even greater volatility - in politics, economics and business. Company structures are evolving, the requirements employers place on their people mean operating outside our comfort zone. Reminding ourselves of our innate ability to manage this change is no bad thing.
In my role as a professor at the Brandeis International Business School, I teach a course each fall about acting outside your comfort zone. Each student in the class chooses a behavior outside their comfort zone to work on. For some, it’s public speaking; for others, it’s networking, making small talk with strangers, or being assertive. Students have to go to actual networking events or give speeches in front of real audiences. After the fact, they compile a diary about their experiences, and we discuss and debrief as a class.