Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty? I think it can happen to all of us when things get really crazy at work, or over the holiday season when there’s lots to do and so many people to see. It can even happen to us simply in day to day living.
Sometimes you can feel like you’re running on empty in your career, too. It’s a shame we don’t have a little light that goes on (like our cars do) to tell us when it’s time to refuel. Or do we? If you’re paying attention to how you feel – to your energy level, your engagement level – you probably know when it’s time. The question is, do you act on it? In my experience, many people know the warning light has come on and don’t do anything about it.
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
I love when I randomly come across something that speaks to me! With the work I do in career development I’m always on the lookout for a new way to get a message across to my audience. This quote perfectly describes what I believe to be true about a career. It also reminds me I’ve been meaning to write about one of our consultants, Laine Jubinville, and the ways she moved her career forward.
If you’re not constantly improving on the work you do, the people you know and the brand you’ve created for yourself, then your market value goes down.
I read this somewhere a long while back and saved it because it really resonated with me. I happened across it again today in some notes I’ve kept and it connected with me once again. I wish I could remember where I saw it – then I could give credit where credit is due.
Regardless, it’s a relevant message with respect to career self-management.
I’ve been delivering this message of career ownership to groups and individuals for some time now and most acknowledge “if it is to be, it’s up to me”. Where there’s a disconnect though is in the actions many people take (or should I say don’t take) to demonstrate they’re in charge.
This article takes a look at the topic of career ownership from a bit of a different direction. I like the ideas that the writer shares about taking responsible ownership.
Most leaders at one time or another have experienced the loss of one of their top performers to another company. News of their departure can be tough news to take, especially when as a leader you may have had big plans for the employee’s future within your department or organization.
Many employees, me included, have made the decision to leave an organization, believing there’s more opportunity elsewhere, only to have their leader tell them they’re highly thought of at the time of resignation. In my personal example, I remember my leader asking me what it would take for me to stay. I thought about that for a while, and gave him some ideas, but even when he committed to deliver on the things that were important to me, I decided to go. It was too late for the conversation when I’d already made the decision to leave.
Anyone who’s ever travelled knows even with the best laid plans, a journey can sometimes take an unexpected turn or hit you with something you didn’t see coming. For instance, you might find yourself at a crossroads your GPS doesn’t seem to recognize, so you don’t know which way to turn.
This happened to me recently while I was travelling in Saskatoon – my GPS didn’t recognize the recent expansion of Circle Drive. For most of the week I kept taking this odd little detour off the highway, just to circle around and get back on the highway again. I’m sure I would have figured it out sooner if I’d been paying more attention.