Recently as I was talking with an executive about succession management in his industry, the conversation turned to his own situation. Although he had retired several years earlier, he chose to return to the profession he loves because he felt (and still feels) he has important contributions to make. Now, however, he is faced with an unwelcome reality: physical ailments are constraining his ability to continue leading his department well.
Can you relate to this executive’s dilemma? Perhaps the physiological stress of the job is more than you or someone you know are willing to tolerate, or your family has become a higher priority, or the job just isn’t fun anymore. Even though your passion for your profession or cause remains, your heart just isn’t in your job. It’s time to move on.
Except you can’t bring yourself to do it.
Instead, you convince yourself that you are indispensable, or that no one can run the department as well as you, or the same way that you do. So you double down, determined to “make it work.”
How’s that tactic working for you? How’s it working for your family, your employees, and your customers?
Most human beings find change scary, so resisting it comes naturally to us. Especially when you’ve devoted your entire life to your career, you can’t imagine doing something different. Even when you know you’re no longer the best person for your current job, and in fact your employees and/or your organization may be suffering as a result, you resist moving on.
If this situation describes you, or someone you know, here are four tools that can help you move on to your next chapter.
Tool #1: Adjust your mindset
Tool #2: Ask and answer truthfully this question: “Am I the only person in the world who can do this job?”
Tool #3: Consider the impact of your choice on your employees, colleagues, and customers
Tool #4: Identify alternative ways you can honor your passion or cause
If you’d like to learn more about how to prepare for your next chapter – whether it’s retirement, another organization, another role, or another career – take a look at our article What’s Your Personal Succession Planning Process? To find other articles and resources that may be of value to you, I invite you to visit my web site at www.BusinessAlignmentStrategies.com and my blog at www.OptimizeBusinessResults.com
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