It is lonely at the top. That’s a fact borne out in my work with senior leaders. The higher up the organization you go, the fewer peers you have. The people giving you advice have their own agendas, not nefarious…
I’ve been speaking a lot recently on the topic of transitions. Some people are making a transition into a new, bigger role. Some are trying to get out of one. Occasionally, one of my favorites, they are embarking on an entirely new incarnation like a portfolio career. Here are three things to help you successfully manage your big transition:
- Define success – Decide what you really want out of this change. It might be higher salary and status, or you may care more about flexibility and control over the type of work. Try to avoid succumbing to other people’s definitions of success.
- Build momentum – Whatever you do, take action. Trying to think it through and come to a decision is harder than it appears. Action creates its own momentum and stimulates your thinking. Small steps work just as well as big ones.
- Gain confidence – As you build momentum, you’ll find you gain confidence and clarity about where you’re heading. It’s wonderful when that starts to happen. You’ll start figuring out what you need to do and how to handle that big transition.
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