Embracing Change- Tips for keeping your EMS executive job during a company merger or acquisition

If you can control your personal feelings about your company's restructuring knowing that it has already happened; it won’t go back to the way it was; and, it won’t do any good to be upset, you can increase your control over how all the company's employees will see the issue and you as one of its leaders. Even though, you may feel a lot of anxiety, consider internalizing the following tips that will help you stay on top of the change as a company leader and not as being perceived as an expendable victim of it.

“I have to control my “organizational” attitude in order to communicate as a company leader.” If my company is evolving, making progress and re-positioning, then as a company leader, so should I. I have to be an agent for positive change or I am not acting for what’s best at the organization.”

·“I need to personally retool, hone my talents and adjust my approach to coincide with my company's changes. I want to be a person that invents what my company will be like in the future without being shackled by the way it was designed during the past.”

· “The current opposition to the company's changes is to be expected. Just because there is opposition, it doesn’t prove the changes are bad. Communicating effectively during this expected opposition is my job as a professional and as a loyal company executive. It is part of the package of being a leader.

· “ I can either be part of the problem; or part of the solution. I can make a difference in how any leadership issue is perceived.” I have to take some ownership of the changes here at my company. If I am upset, I will not “vent” with individual members but rather go through the proper channels to voice my concerns rather than just griping."

· “I need to strategically choose my battles. Everything can’t be a “10” in terms of my negative reactions to changes in my workplace.”

· “Even if I don’t think the changes were necessary, now it is necessary to make those changes work.”

· “I need to recognize that I would want the benefit of the doubt if I was the new CEO and made a decision or even a mistake. The company employs some quality people who can’t always be right. We can’t be a cutting edge organization if there is never room for a mistake.”

· "I need to keep my sense of humor. I am supposed to find some satisfaction in my work and even have fun with those I work with. I will be a lot easier to be around if I can laugh a bit; even at myself."