4. Lack of Control

In the workplace, your circumstances and the circumstances of others can shift suddenly due to a wide range of factors beyond your control. There are so many variables, including:

—   Geopolitical conditions

—   National and local politics

—   Weather and natural disasters

—   Global economic shifts

—   Changes in your industry, ranging from new competitors to new inventions

—   Changes in your organization, ranging from mergers to new leadership to a new person on your team

The list goes on and on.

No matter how well you plan ahead, the unexpected is always lurking. You just don’t know what it might be, when it might happen, and how much it might affect you and your plans. Now add this capricious element to a high-stakes workplace ...

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