Being Open to Change: Knowing When and How to Adapt for Better Results

For over two months, we’ve been searching for a candidate to fill a key role in the company. We have looked everywhere, and nothing. I’ve enhanced the job description, we set goals, and I even helped interview the candidates. But we haven’t found the person for the job.

I finally realized that maybe the problem was not the person, but perhaps it was me and how I positioned the role – I was asking for too much from a new person who did not know our culture and how we operated. From there, I decided to adjust to the role. I moved around some internal responsibilities yesterday, and today I feel that we are on a better path.

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One of the key abilities we must professionally develop is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances quickly. Not only must we be open to that change, but so do our organizations. I spoke with the managers in my company, and everybody offered to take on the newly assigned roles. They were open and supportive. It was all so easy once I decided to alter the company’s structure.

But it all started with me – I needed to be able to see that the path I was choosing was not the smartest one.

That is our role: trial and error, and openness to change. Things change, we change, and our companies change. We must constantly adapt.

Letting Go

First, it takes letting go of attachment to any one way of doing things. There are many paths we can take to get to our destination. Some are obvious, and others aren’t. Often, the paths that are hidden from view are the shortest and easiest. Always be on the lookout for better ways of doing things.

The minute we see an easier path, know that it is okay to let go of prior work (also known as “sunk cost” in economics) and start anew. The old path was not working, and it would be harder and longer anyway. Let go and take a new way. It will probably be better. I might still have a hard time finding the right person for this new role, but I discovered a lot by moving around the responsibilities – I set up at least two roles in places where they make more sense and will be more stable in the long term. And in that, I gained.

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Finally, don’t be afraid to change again. As entrepreneurs and professionals, we move along the uncharted territory. Nobody has lived our lives in our times before – we must discover our paths. Only we can do it, and nobody else can do it for us.

So, keep trying and looking. The more flexible you are, the more you will be able to see and improve.


Pamela Ayuso is an author and the co-founder and CEO of Celaque. She is a real estate entrepreneur and developer who has executive leadership experience in two of the most successful real estate developers in Honduras — managing operations at Alianza and leading Celaque. Celaque develops office and residential buildings and manages a broad portfolio of properties. Pamela’s focus is on growing Celaque into a model for the 21st-century company.

In addition to her role as CEO at Celaque, Pamela is the author of Amazon best-selling book, Heptagram: The 7-Pillar Business Design System for the 21st Century. She offers practical business and personal development insights for other entrepreneurs and business leaders on her blog and LinkedIn. Her husband and her three wonderful daughters inspired the story of her first children’s book, Alicia and Bunnie Paint a Mural.       

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