“I can’t make a career change. I’ve got a mortgage to pay, and I couldn’t match my current salary doing something else.”
“There’s no way I can get another degree. I have two kids to put through college 10 years from now.”
“I could never start a business. We need the health insurance from my job.”
I hear comments like this frequently from people who are unhappy at work. Their job is so stressful that it’s intruding on their family life or ruining their health, yet they feel trapped and powerless to make a change.
If you’re among them, there is a way out.
One of the most important things you can do for your career is to get your finances in order. Most Americans don’t consider how much their decisions about which house to buy or what car they will drive affect the freedom they have in their careers, but the impact of these decisions over a lifetime is massive. Each time we add a fixed cost to our overhead, we’re reducing the money available to put toward reaching goals — personal or professional — that go beyond buying things. Not having a substantial cash cushion can close off a lot of intriguing career opportunities. Continue reading
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High potentials usually have good ideas, but what transforms a high potential into a genuine leader is the capacity to move agendas and get results. Ideas must be implemented. Samuel Bacharach believes that leadership is about “executing” and getting things done. Leadership need not be driven by charisma or personality, but by the exercise of specific micro skills that allow leaders to move an agenda through an organization.
In this world of mergers and acquisitions, turf and uncertainty, in which the solution mindset is replacing the product mindset, your high potentials need to have the political skills to mobilize groups and the managerial skills to sustain momentum.
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What’s really going on when you make a decision?
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While holding a group brainstorming session isn’t always the best option for generating creative ideas in the workplace, there are times when it’s a necessary evil.
For many, these meetings can feel counterproductive if not managed properly. You can easily end up trapped in “group think” or mulling over old ideas that have already been analyzed and rightfully dismissed.
However, a well-managed brainstorming session can yield great results. When facing a challenge that needs a fresh set of solution-finding eyes, bringing in a team of your most innovative thinkers may be just what the doctor ordered. To help ensure an effective discussion, use these tips. Continue reading
If you’re just starting your own business, or are a CEO, you will have moments when you will feel pretty alone. There’s a reason why they say “it’s lonely at the top.”
Being stuck at home for the last two days with 11 inches of snow outside made me feel acutely alone, and reminded me how loneliness can be a big challenge for entrepreneurs.
When you’re unhappy with your job, it’s easy to start underperforming or complaining to your co-workers.
But those approaches to handling job dissatisfaction don’t get you want you really want—to be happy with your job. And they make can make an unpleasant situation even worse. Continue reading
If you want to be happy with your next job, don’t just consider the salary. Ivy Exec recently asked senior professionals in 25 industries who said they were satisfied with their jobs what factors most contributed to their happiness. Most important? The quality of the job itself and the breadth of responsibilities. Salary came in fourth.