Are you a strong advocate for your own professional cause? Or do you place your professional fate in the hands of others to recognize your significance?
In working with professionals like you and speaking to audiences, I hear much concern expressed about how pandemic isolation plays out in post-pandemic career trajectories. As you and I enter the “vaccination” phase of the post-pandemic era, news sources herald that at least 1 in 4 professionals are seeking new roles, with different employers. And in my “unofficial” tally of the 1 in 4 projection, I see a lot of clients and colleagues in transition: voluntarily.
Take the time to pause for your own professional cause and reflect. Like many of you are doing.
First, because many of you are directly, emotionally and physically exhausted by the events of the past year. Next, you start upskilling and reskilling due to the virtual accessibility and affordability (free) of many conferences and education programs. Consequently, you earn as many certifications as you can to strengthen resumes. And then, at least one or two or three of those online courses you take really get you thinking differently. Not only about how you execute efficiencies within your own organization. But also about how these enhanced certifications can be recombined with what you already know. So you can get to where you now really want to go. Together.
And here’s the thing. Why should it take a global pandemic for you to give yourself permission to think differently about “what you do” and “how you do it”? Because that decision always is in your capable hands.
Why leave “Professional You” up to someone else to figure out what to do with (and about)?
Reflect on that question for a while. Then get a blank piece of paper. Draw a line down the page, lengthwise. Title the left column “where I am today.” Then, title the right column “where I really need to be, tomorrow.” Make your list. Sleep on it. Reflect again tomorrow and add/subtract. Are some of your entries no longer relevant to what you purposefully feel you really need to do? Instead, let your thoughts fly. What do you really want to do, without feeling guilty about jettisoning what you have trained to do?
You are not alone. The pandemic has rewired many of us. Time to move forward? That decision takes creativity, courage and critical thinking skills.
Then click on this link and let me know what you decide to do. Because to get to where you really need to go is only one millimeter beyond where you currently are. Let’s take your next steps, together.
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Babette Ten Haken | Change Catalyst | Purpose-Driven Professional Innovation | Cross-Functional Team Leadership | Trust-Based Client Retention | In Person & Virtual Speaker, Consultant, Coach, Author |
Babette Ten Haken, Founder & President of One Millimeter Mindset™ Speaking & Consulting, catalyzes trust-based, purpose-driven, cross-functional leadership. She leverages Voice of the Customer and storytelling to translate across communication and collaboration disconnects impacting successful business outcomes across people and professional disciplines. Babette is a cross-functional business-oriented STEM professional, qualitative Voice of the Customer facilitator, and Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality). She is a member of the ASQ, SHRM, PMI, the National Speakers Association. Her playbook of cross-functional collaboration, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com. Contact Babette here. Image source: Adobe Stock.