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A Prescription for Survival are not dull times in which we live. Dynamic change constantly surrounds us and tests our coping abilities. Here are a few tips from the philosophies of Alvin Toffler, Maxwell Maltz and Dale Carnegie to enable you to thrive and survive in this exciting era.

Do Not Fabricate Crises.Pressure, pressure, and more pressure; if we are to deal with it in an orderly fashion it’s necessary to place things in the proper overall perspective. There are enough truly crucial deadlines to be met. Do not make mountains out of molehills. Stand back and objectively evaluate each situation as a part of the total scheme and then give it the energy and time it merits.

Learn to Learn.Face the cold, hard fact that most of what you know will be operationally obsolete within five years, if not sooner. This is probably the single most crucial element in the survival framework: To realize the limited expectancy of what we learn and then enthusiastically proceed to view continuing education as a fundamental task for the future relevant leader. Do not become stagnant. Make the commitment to grow.

Understand Change.Comprehend the role change plays in our everyday lives. Do not be overcome by it. Step back occasionally and evaluate its ramifications and adapt accordingly. Once understood, the awesomeness of change diminishes and it becomes somewhat manageable.

Implement Only Warranted Change.Avoid the trap of â change for the sake of change. Play the devil’s advocate and initiate only warranted change. But do not confuse this with undue resistance to change. The key is to evaluate each proposed change on its intrinsic merits. It's better to be on the "leading" edge rather than on the "bleeding" edge.

Simplify the Situation.Avoid complication of a given set of circumstances. Develop a feel for the salient information and use it to expeditiously solve a problem. Cut through the red tape.

Do Not Worry After the Fact.Perform the tasks for which you are responsible the best you know how. Do not dwell on past decisions you can do nothing about.

Maintain Routine Stabilizers.Keep some part of your day available for routine tasks. This should enable you to relax and free your creative energies for when you really need them.

Delegate Decision-Making.As new specialized tools and techniques develop, it will become more essential for decision-making to become more collaborative. Tomorrow’s effective manager will be the one who delegates decision-making. The "team" approach to solving complex problems should become more prevalent.

Avoid Overwork.Do not become the office martyr who sacrifices all for the job. We know our individual limits better than anyone else. Why overdo it if the result will be reduced quality?

Take Mental Tranquilizers.I have yet to meet the manager who does not feel completely exasperated at times and want to get away from it all. Well, do it, but do it mentally rather than by physically escaping to a South Sea island. Put your feet up on your desk, relax in your chair, shut your eyes, and escape.

Set Feasible and Continual Goals.Break up long-range tasks into stages so you can develop successful feelings at the stages of completion. Congratulate yourself on your interim achievements.

Achieve Self-Awareness.Occasional introspection is necessary to decide who we are, how we feel, what we want to do. As the acceleration of change continues, it will be paramount to truly know oneself to readily adapt more to the challenges ahead.

Whether we like it or not, change happens. It's part of life, but we can deal with it in a healthy and productive way.