A Fog Advisory – Navigating the Unfamiliar

On most days, the drive to work is uneventful. When that is the case, you follow a familiar route and the drive is a forgettable, to-be-repeated-tomorrow affair. Yet, sometimes your route can be foggy and your trip requires a change in plan and routine.

In the same way, our day-to-day job is a lot like our daily drive. As we plan our week, we expect it to be familiar with a bit of repetition. Our routines are governed by an anticipated destination and follow a clear, well-traveled path.

So, what do we do when the world around us changes and the expected becomes unexpected? Perhaps reporting lines changed or our role was redefined. Maybe our business appears a bit unfamiliar because the company strategy has changed.

Just as when we drive through fog, we need to be ready to adapt to the changing environment. The road ahead is harder to see. When the fog rolls in, how should we respond?

When you find yourself surrounded by fog – continue to move forward. Regard this moment as an opportunity to discover new skills, to engage with and learn from your colleagues, and to grow beyond the day-to-day work. Our best professional development and personal growth happens and accelerates when we are challenged to navigate through the unfamiliar.

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Randy Skattum leads global marketing communications at Celanese. He is an experienced strategic and tactical marketer having led teams and projects in the Chemicals, Retail, and Consumer Packaged Goods industries focused on marketing, operations, new business development, pricing management, and brand strategy. When not in the office, he is a competent swing dancer, learned whisky enthusiast, ambitious improvisational actor, and the father of an energetic toddler.

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  1. Margie Dolch says:

    Randy, thanks for your insights. When it comes to change, sometimes we need to slow down, or even pull over on the side of the road to take something in. But don’t stop, don’t give up. See the impact for what it is and find that opportunity for growth. Fog isn’t something you can speed through. It requires an attentiveness that comes with a better understanding and experience that we may need to rely on others to clarify and steer us back in the right direction.

    • Randy Skattum says:

      Thank you, Margie for the great comment – perfect way to pull together the article.

      I’m glad this piece resonated with you and I truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

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