CHAPTER 5

DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT ATTITUDES TO THRIVE IN ADVERSITY?

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”—HELEN KELLER1

Most of us today can imagine a workplace undergoing disruptive changes. Perhaps you work in such a place right now. When a company is reorganizing to meet budget pressures or market opportunities, when there are layoffs, mergers, and shifts in job definition, employees often feel like there is nothing, and no one, they can count on anymore. Work changes may worry and preoccupy them so much that they have little interest or time to nurture satisfying work relationships. In a rapidly changing workplace supervisors ...

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