My coaching clients are frequently trying to make big decisions in their careers and lives. What I’ve learned working with the most successful of them is that you can’t thinkyour way to some things, you have to experimentyour way. This…
I often work with senior executives in transition. They have been identified to take on a tough new assignment or step up into a senior role. I’m brought in to help make sure the transition goes well. I’ve started to notice a difference between leaders who were hired into the new role and those who were internal candidates and asked to take the job. Those coming from outside have usually been through a rigorous selection and interview process. They’ve had to articulate what they bring to the role and why they should be selected. Those who were asked to take on the role often have a different experience. Sometimes they are reluctant candidates, they were surprised to be asked and have some ambivalence about the extra responsibility. I often work with leaders who doubt their ability to deliver on the new role.
I’ve got news for you. You’re probably as good as it gets for this role. You are probably best placed to do it, which is why you were asked, and you’ll likely do as good as job as can be done. The people who selected you think you’re good enough. They have no interest in trying to find another candidate. And if you relax and assume you’re doing well, you’ll do even better. You’re as good as it gets. Get on with it.
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