How to Adapt and Thrive
in a Rapidly Changing World of Work
The ability to adapt is going to be the number one competency needed for career success in this coming era. Anchored in scientific research and real-life examples, Shift Happens: How to Adapt and Thrive in a Rapidly Changing World of Work is a highly practical book designed to help you learn how to take charge of your career, and develop the mindset, skills, and behaviors needed to continuously and successfully navigate our fast-paced world. Have you ever wondered, how the best keep getting better no matter what comes their way? If you want to know the answer, then Shift Happens is for you.
Who Is Shift Happens For?
- People eager to succeed in their work careers
- People changing jobs, companies or industries
- People who encounter difficulty at work
- People changing roles at work
- People experiencing “shock” at work (e.g., layoff, new boss)
- Employees in a rapidly evolving company or industry
- Managers with employees who are struggling in their jobs
- Managers with employees they want to coach to get ahead
- Entrepreneurs facing new demands in their businesses
- Training specialists within human resource departments
All things change; nothing abides. Into the same river, one cannot step twice.
The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.
There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.
Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.
Meet the Authors
We each have more than 30 years of experience as professors, researchers, executive coaches, consultants, and senior-level executives. Fortunately, we have worked with many people who have been successful in transitioning their behaviors and performance as they face changes. But, unfortunately, we have seen others fail to adapt to a new situation – even though they had previous career successes.
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, career success, and diversity, is currently President of Adelphi University, New York – the first woman president in its 123-year history. Adelphi University serves more than 8,000 students across four locations and has more than 2,000 faculty and staff, a $250 million operating budget, a $189 million endowment and more than 115,000 alumni world-wide. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education named Dr. Riordan, one of its “25 Top Women in Higher Education Who Are Making a Difference.”
Under Dr. Riordan’s leadership, Adelphi University has grown by more than 12%, increased academic quality, and raised its reputation and rankings. Adelphi rose in the Top 150 national rankings of U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and Universities, rose 27 spots in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking, rose 52 spots in the Money “Best Colleges for your Money” ranking and 37 spots in Niche, while maintaining its position on Forbes selective “America’s Top College” list.
Dr. Riordan has published more than 60 academic and business press articles, is authoring, Shift Happens, a book on helping employees adapt to the changing workplace, and is a frequent speaker on leadership and career success. Dr. Riordan’s TEDx talk, “Dare to Be Extraordinary,” has received more than 20,000 views. She has been interviewed by and written articles for media such as The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Huffington Post. Her work has been cited more than 5,400 times by other authors, and she has appeared in the press more than 160 times.
Dr. Riordan serves on the board of directors of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RMAX). She was named one of Georgia State University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and is currently Vice-Chair for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York. In 2018, she was appointed co-chair of the Long Island Association’s Women’s Collaborative.
Before joining the Adelphi community, Dr. Riordan served as provost of the University of Kentucky, with more than 30,000 students, 19,000 full- and part-time employees, and a budget of $3 billion. She also served as Dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, a U.S. News & World Report Best Business School.
Dr. Riordan received an MBA and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Georgia State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Textile Engineering (now called Materials Science Engineering) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Riordan is married to Robert D. Gatewood, Ph.D., author of Human Resource Selection (9th ed.) and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia. They have two children in college, and an Olde English Bulldogge named Georgia, who is the queen of the household. Dr. Riordan enjoys biking and reading, and she has perfected the art of smoothie-making.
Connect with Dr. Riordan on LinkedIn and Twitter @Chris_M_Riordan. Visit her website at www.christineriordan.com for full information on her background. And connect with Georgia the bulldog on Instagram @georgiariordan.
Robert D. Gatewood, Ph.D.
Robert D. Gatewood Ph.D. is widely recognized for his work and expertise in the area of human behavior within organizations. His Ph.D. is in industrial psychology, and he has served as a university professor and researcher, consultant, executive educator, and textbook author. Dr. Gatewood is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Gatewood is internationally known for his textbook Human Resource Selection now in its 9th edition (770 pages). A central focus of this book is how to identify the match between the personal characteristics of employees and the work demands of their positions. It is one of the rare books that has been published in four consecutive decades. Dr. Gatewood is currently authoring, Shift Happens, a book designed to help employees successfully adapt to the rapid changes occurring in the world of work.
Dr. Gatewood has also written the textbook, Management: Comprehension, Analysis, and Application that has been used in undergraduate and MBA courses. His research has been published in the leading academic journals of industrial psychology and organizational behavior. Also, Dr. Gatewood has held elected leadership positions in the Academy of Management Human Resource Division and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Dr. Gatewood is an experienced consultant and executive educator who has worked with companies such as IBM, Ford Motor, The State of Georgia, Gulf Power Co, AT&T, and PPG Industries. This work has mainly been in the selection of employees, strategic human resources, performance management, motivation, and leadership.
Dr. Gatewood received his AB in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and his MS and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. He is married to Christine Riordan, Ph.D. President of Adelphi University in New York. They have two children in college, Mikaela and Mason, and an Olde English Bulldogge named Georgia. Dr. Gatewood collects tacky snow globes from cities around the world, enjoys listening to books on history and science, and always makes sure his family receives the word-of-the-day email.
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