Did you end last year…

  • Concerned about the fiscal cliff?
  • Afraid to look for another job opportunity for fear of leaving a (more or less) stable role?
  • Tired of the politics in your current organization?
  • Unhappy with your jerk boss?
  • Wondering if it was time to start a business or change organizations?
  • Realizing that you will not receive the promotion you deserve?
  • Concerned that your skills are underutilized?
  • Wondering one more time when are you going to find the time to work on a job or career change?

If you recognize yourself in one or more of these scenarios, much like a residence that has too few closets, too many unused rooms or outdated décor – you might need to RENOVATE your current role in order to transform your career.

When you start the debate of whether to make a change in your living situation, first you look at the cost/benefit ratio of making aTransform_Your_Current_Job move or staying in your current dwelling. Next you make the decision: to find a new home that better meets your needs or RENOVATE your current dwelling to bring it up to your newly-realized standards.

Sometimes it’s a no-brainer: take advantage of low interest rates, high inventory levels and – move!

Other times, for whatever reasons, you use your imagination and develop a vision of what the old dwelling could become if you applied a little patience, paint, elbow grease, design and – stay!

So, take the formula for staying in or leaving your current home and apply it to your career.  You can make a move – but – sometimes it will do more for you, your team, your organization and your long-term career if you stay.

When you decide to stay, it is important that you fall in love with your current role to transform your career. In other words, forget the negatives and take responsibility for making the changes that will make your current role work for you.

One of the best ways to RENOVATE your current role is to not sweep the problems under the rug (so to speak).  Here’s how: take a critical look and list what works/what doesn’t; analyze your current needs; consider your future ‘must haves’; develop a plan; implement your plan, then compare the before and after effects of the renovation.

Current Role Assessment

What is working?  Sometimes, we forget to identify what is good because we are overwhelmed with the bad, or what is working well when all we feel is dissatisfied or unhappy.  Focus on the positive.

What is not working and why is it not working?  What can you do to repair, redo, update and RENOVATE this area and transform your career to get more from and give more to your current job.

What do I truly enjoy about this role?  Very rarely does anyone say to me: “I like nothing about my current role.” So, consider the positive parts of the role and if possible, shift your thoughts, emphasis and results to these positive accountabilities.

What organizational aspects: leadership, mission, current team, culture, customer base, technology or innovations appeal to you on a personal level? Sometimes it is important to look at the bigger picture and consider larger facets or traits of the organization that first attracted you.  Are there redeeming factors that made you join this employer in the first place and are those redeeming factors keeping you on this job?

What organizational issues, problems or constraints are negatively impacting you?  Here’s the key: you can keep playing the “Ain’t it awful game” or you can ‘triage’ your situation and decide what to RENOVATE first.

Do you need to tear it down completely (change employers) or can you begin to rebuild the positive?  Can you provide feedback to the boss about his/her behaviors that create chaos?  Can you provide the alignment messaging that the rest of the team needs in the absence of top management communications?  Should you volunteer to take on a project that no one else wants to handle?

“…You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.”  [Eldridge Cleaver, 1968].

When all is said and done, you can fall in love with your current role and transform your career!

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Christine M. Glasco, Career Coach – consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management, career transition and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!  Website: www.christineglasco.com   Email:  info@christineglasco.com  Phone:  1.940.367.0837

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