Have you ever thought about chucking your job or career? Is 2020 your year!? I’ve been there—I jumped off the career cliff in 2002 and have been happily following my passion in the form of a career ever since.
Twenty twenty is going to be a big year. At least, you hope so. Whether it’s a promotion, new job, or other exciting opportunity, you want to be ready to successfully grab that brass ring — your brass ring — so that 2020 is, in fact, a great year for you. You don’t want to blow it, but are you ready to make the necessary impression, or will nerves derail your success?
Do you go to events—internal or external—and struggle to get the conversation off to a great start? Are you tired of answering the ubiquitous “how are you doing?” with an even more ubiquitous (read: boring) “busy,” “not much,” or “same old stuff”? Don’t squander the opportunity to make an impression!
Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—are uber confident? Nothing seems to faze them and they always seem calm. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out of control. The question is: how do you step up your confidence to be like them?
Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—are always high performers? They never break a sweat and nothing seems to faze them. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out-of-control. They are more resilient and less reactive. The question is: how do you amp up your performance?
You know what you need to do, but your boss or someone else up the chain of command won’t make a decision. Either he or she doesn’t have time, doesn’t understand, or doesn’t care. Whatever the reason is, this person is frustrating you and makes you think it’s time to polish your resume.
Have you noticed how some leaders have an amazing rapport with and inspire loyalty from team members? Actually, it’s more than that: team members happily to go the extra mile all the time! And all you can think is, “how do I do that?”
You are great at what you do! So great, in fact, that you’ve been promoted to manage your former peers (the subject of an upcoming blog post). There’s just one problem: You are overwhelmed because you are doing your old job in addition to managing others. And you are concerned because, if you’re being truly honest with yourself, you realize that you are the bottleneck and actually getting in the way. Where are those additional hours in the day?! How will you learn the necessary management skills?!
Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—always seem well-rested even though you know they work harder than most? They never break a sweat and nothing seems to faze them. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out of control. They are more resilient and less reactive. Since caffeine can’t solve all problems, the real question is: how can you improve your ability to renew?
Twenty nineteen is all about getting the job or promotion you want. You’ve identified one, two, or maybe even three jobs that would be a step up for you, that you are confident you can succeed at, if given the chance. But how do you get that chance?