When I left my position in an organization a few years back to start my own company, it came as a surprise to some. Others expected it and seen it coming. While I loved my work and was good at what I was doing, there was a part of me that just didn't fit there anymore.
The perspective I was in
I remember one conversation with my boss after a performance review. We were talking about future goals and directions for me. He said to me something to the effect of "I can see you in a corner doing techy kind of things". I was livid! I felt diminished, undervalued and unseen. How dare he not see me as someone with value. I came home that night and yelled and ranted to my husband about his comment. Interestingly, this is also the same boss who encouraged me to get my MBA. I didn't, but he was serious about it.
I see it different now
The funny thing is, now, I am in my "corner"; my home office sending out newsletters, making YouTube videos and editing them, building my own website and being quite techy. At the same time, those other things that made my boss suggest I consider getting my MBA were also the things that seen in my that prompted him to support me in getting my management degree, hire me a Coach and grow my skills are the things I use each and every day now,
My boss's perspective
The thing was, during the conversation we had about goals, I had one perspective. I could only see things from the vantage point I chose to be at that moment. My boss knew I wasn't going to stay doing what I was doing forever. He seen some things in me and for that I am now grateful. At the time, maybe not so much.
Seeing things differently helped me see options
It wasn't until I started working with my Coach at the time, and until I started having conversations with friends about what else could I do, as well as when I really started to take some time to reflect on my future that I started to see possibilities.
I had choices
I chose to quite my job and start my own business. I could have also chose to create a different position in the existing company. Now, looking back, I know that had I the same passion I had about building my company I could have done just about anything. I had to see it though.
What perspective are you in now?
I think there comes a point in each one of our careers where we have to evaluate where we are at. If we aren't "happy" or feeling that we are right on track, we need to step back and see things differently. Again, that doesn't necessarily mean we need to quit, yet it might. I have seen too many leaders in positions in companies that should have left 3 or 4 or 5 years ago because they are stagnating things. If they were to move on, it would free the company up to try new things. I've also seen many front line staff and supervisors who are mad. Mad at the world, and mad at where they are at. Their mood infects the whole team quite negatively. You know the saying about one bad apple.
What if you seen it differently?
I'm just asking you today, to consider if perhaps, you, are one of those leaders or apples. Is it time for you to move on?
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