What if ….Uncertainty Were a Skill to Master Versus a Problem to Fix?

Companies in the midst of change have a demand for employees who can adapt to and drive change.


Today’s companies are reshaping their organizations. Media articles bombard us daily about how many jobs are in the crosshairs of technology and are evaporating due to creative destruction. Gone are the stable workplaces that existed prior to globalization.

Uncertainty, when viewed through the lens of stability, needs to be fixed. However, when viewed through the lens of shaping the business for the future, uncertainty becomes a skill set to master.

Think about that for a minute…..uncertainty is a force, and you can let it wear you down as you try to hang on, or you could become skillful at handling uncertainty. It would mean taking risks, handling situations you haven’t seen before, being unafraid to tackle problems with limited knowledge, communicating extensively and learning on the fly.

What adds more value, hanging on or adapting and problem-solving?

At the end of the day, is it better to be tired from frustration or challenge?

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If reshaping business is the way of the future, becoming skillful at handling uncertainty would enable you to create earning security because it is a skill set every changing company requires.


 If you have a team where redefining uncertainty would be of interest, let’s discuss your situation. Contact me judi@habitinterpreter.com or 416.761.1533

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Why Are Habits a Hot Topic?

Whenever something is a hot topic, you know there’s money to be made.


It’s an endless buffet of ‘advice for a price’. There are currently over 7,000 books on habits. People are selling happiness, an end to self-doubt, ways to eliminate procrastination or increase sticking to priorities. You can even learn the habits that will enable you to live comfortably on a four hour work week.

One of the main reasons is that embedded into the seller’s journey is Habit Forming Technology. Similar to how the salt and sugar in our food chain make it very difficult to put down chips or chocolate, companies are capable of hooking millions of people into taking action. The steps are simple and seem benign initially, but the stakes are guaranteed to escalate over time. Those companies want your attention and eventually your money.

Anyone with an electronic device has experienced being hooked. It may be free for now but not for long. Like everything, there is an upside and a downside. What’s important is that you’re aware of being deliberately hooked.

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How To Cope When Your Role Changes?

In a Toronto Star article, Feb 2014, Royal LePage president and CEO Phil Soper acknowledged the role of the realtor is changing.  “One of the key things I tell our people is that your role is not to be a house finder. That was a 1990s job. Today’s consumers grew up on Google — no one is more excited about finding a house in a particular neighbourhood than they are.

“What they need you to be is an interpreter of data, a consultant, an adviser and a professional negotiator who ensures that not just the price, but the terms and conditions of this complex deal are well managed. That’s where all our focus should be.”

Maze What Now?

This perspective applies to many other areas of our personal and professional lives. Informed consumers have reams of research and endless advice tips on what to do about their particular situation.

However, as we adapt to a relentless pace of change, there are times when our strengths get squeezed and we begin to struggle.

  • If you’re a decisive person and now find making a decision difficult, it’s perplexing.
  • If you’re a socialiser and the additional demands on your time leave little time for yourself let alone others, it can be draining.
  • If you’ve always been optimistic and find that your confidence is waning, it can be off putting.

How do you move through the struggle in a way that fits your distinctive situation?  Perhaps the comments like “Just Do It!”  or “Believe in Yourself!” inspired you for a few days but not through the struggle zone. That is where interpretation of your perceptions and insights can make a difference.

Interpretation mines your current situation and considers the dots you have to connect to find a path that fits. It is a situation to be faced, dealt with and learned from. Learning your way through these struggle zones contributes to personal and professional growth.

Times have changed; it is important to update how you can cope. Outdated thinking and behavior will keep you struggling.  It is important to tap into the unique data revealed by your current situation and see it through multiple lenses so you can update your coping skills.

Judi Walsh is The Habit Interpreter. She has extensive experience helping intelligent individuals crack the code of their behaviors. With so much personal and professional change, it means making alternate choices and decisions to suit your phase and stage of life. Identifying what to do and determining how to put new behaviors into practice can be challenging. She uses unique processes to extract insights to unlock your adaptability.
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