If you’re like me and itch to make a career move every 12-18 months, it might be time to hit pause.
Trust me, I know. In the past 25 years, I’ve held 13 corporate jobs, all of which I had to apply, interview, and get selected for. Eight of those positions were advancing at a Fortune 500 conglomerate both in the U.S. and Germany.
And here’s the thing, most of my experiences were wonderful, and I’m grateful for all of those I’ve met along the way. However, my storyline was the same each time:
- Act I: I’d assess the situation, understand the goals, meet with lots of people, jump in and make things happen.
- Act II: I would work at breakneck speed, aiming to go above and beyond to get everything done.
- Act III: Then, around year one, I’d start feeling a bit tired and frustrated with the status quo, which over time would lead to exhaustion and resentment.
Initially, I thought it was just time for me to move on to my next gig. But in 2013, it dawned on me that I kept going after what I no longer wanted, and I had no idea why.
That’s when I knew I had to stop and reassess.
Since I knew I could be influenced by other people’s thoughts, I turned to outside help. Over a few years, I took three types of personality/behavioral assessments that were a game-changer. Seeing on paper what I innately knew but was ignoring forced me to take accountability and action.
For example, one of my blind spots was that I had a constant need for approval and validation. As a result, I wouldn’t be direct about what I did and did not want to do because I was afraid to disappoint others. With this insight, I boosted my confidence and found my authentic voice to articulate what I no longer wanted to do, so I could prioritize and concentrate on what I did want to do.
Fast forward to 2019.
I was finally able to take pragmatic steps to change, including starting my own business. Now I get to focus on what I loved in all my previous roles – helping and inspiring others to activate their best – using my communication, change management, professional development, and personal branding expertise. I’ve become a certified practitioner and designed my practice and programs based on this know-how.
So, before you do something you might regret, take a breather.
In less than five hours, I can help you pinpoint your preferences and apply that knowledge to improve your interpersonal communication, manage your career, handle stress, and make better decisions.
My approach is all about meeting you where you’re at and empowering you to harness your YOU-ness. Don’t trust my word for it, check out what others have said. Then schedule a free 30-minute call to take charge of your career.