My last career change was 16 years ago. I left a leadership position that I was simply not enjoying. It wasn’t just the job, but it was everything around the job including a super long commute. I was wanting for more autonomy, more fulfillment, and to be more connected to something bigger. In fact, I took a 50% pay cut when selecting my current position and had two other higher paying offers on the table.
Change is good. There is a season for everything. However, it’s not always about changing jobs or the way we are doing things. It can also be about just changing perspective. When we find ourselves reflecting on change, we need to have strategy to look at it from a different lens… Do we change or accelerate? …our growth, relationships, and ultimately our career. Is a change needed, or do we need to start doing things a little bit differently – or maybe ever apply more effort.
When I published my book, Find Your Lane, many people thought it was about making a “job change” since the subtitle said “change your career”, when in reality the book is more about strategies to accelerate in our career. The subtitle was “change your gps and change your career”. I have often thought about changing the word change to accelerate, because when we have a career GPS, it helps us accelerate in our career.
This makes me think about a few changes I have made over the years:
- Changed jobs
- Changed workout routines
- Changed my mind on an issue after looking from a different angle
- Changed my attitude
- Changed my blog content
- Changed my goals
When interviewing CEO’s in 2016, I asked about daily disciplines that helped them stay on target. One of the CEO’s, Earl K. Reynolds, shared one of his disciplines was a “mirror test”. He said he wakes up every day and looks into the mirror to ask 3 questions: “Am I better today than I was yesterday, Am I engaged or disengaged, and am I growing or shrinking?”. This is a great way to help us navigate in our role and serves as a great compass!
It’s hard to know when we actually need to make a change… Think about it:
- We have a vendor that’s not performing, but has a history of success,
- We have slowed down in our sales, but set records in past,
- We find ourselves bored and not as excited about our job,
- We find ourselves overwhelmed by trying to do too much,
- We can’t get a raise or promotion that we are wanting…
Then list can go on and on…
Do we need to make a change, or just change perspective… or do we need to accelerate and give more effort?
As I think about this, I think about how I have often thought about making a change, then decided to change my perspective by applying more effort. This would help me create momentum which ultimately put me back on track. Sometimes we do need to make real change, but often it’s just a matter of changing perspective.
Here are a few questions that I have used that might help in your assessment:
- Are we engaged? Do we enjoy our company and career?
- Are we surrounded by great people that we can trust?
- Have we developed good habits and process to be purposeful?
- Are we in a growing environment? Are we able to invest in local networking, attend a conference, or get certified in our profession?
- Do we have the opportunity to volunteer? If so, are we in pursuit?
These are just a few questions we should consider as we start the 4th quarter. Is it time to make a change or accelerate in your career? I am planning on some changes for 2020… Are you? Pull over and connect with others to start some dialogue. You may just need to update your career GPS and accelerate… to finish the year strong!
Quote of the week:“We need to always evaluate our measurement for success.” (LinkedIn Talent Connect 2019) … this can change too!
Call to Action: Answer some of these questions, then reach out and ask others in your network about their perspective. You may realize that a change may not be needed, but a different perspective. Once you get in alignment – accelerate! The best is yet to come.
This has been A Relocation Minute on “Change or Accelerate” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call