Nowadays, corporate life is no longer as simple as it was before. First, we had a boss, who had employees. The boss told the employees what their tasks were, and they executed the work – a simple, straightforward approach. But now things have changed; the importance of employee motivation has finally been recognized, and team members are expected to work closely together. As a result, managers were convinced to be leaders, and not bosses anymore.
The boss turned out to be the evil villain of the story. Nobody wants to have a boss or – for god’s sake! – to become one. Being a leader is great; you work with people who deeply respect you, you feel good about yourself, you are some kind of superhero. But, is being a leader good for your career?
Before going to university, we think very carefully about the profession we want to pursue. Choosing a career is a very important task, after all, we don’t want just a job, but the one which will inspire us the most. We want a job which thrills us, where we can get the most of ourselves. And then, 10 years later, we stick with a job that doesn’t meet our needs anymore. What we have now is “just a job”. We might feel bored, under-challenged, stressed. That is not what we dreamed about, so… How did this happen?
Many people have the inclination to stay longer in a position than they should. Even if someone has a vast number of reasons to leave a company, there is an irrational fear of quitting a job. Even if we are unhappy, stressed, lacking motivation, quitting a job involves a lot of strength. Between the moment of realizing that we should quit the job and the moment we actually quit, sometimes years pass by. Why? Continue reading
Time is the most valuable resource we own as individuals because for every goal we want to accomplish, we must inject a certain amount of time into it. We invest time to execute our next career step, to set up a new business, we need time to spend with our kids or to take a vacation.
Time has also a special character: it is usually perceived as limited and unlimited at the same time. We all agree that our personal time is limited, no one questions the fact that one day we all will inevitably die. However, since we do not know how much time we have, we deal with it as an unlimited resource.
“An alternative view of the daily work routine.”
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival, a great short film about work, alienation and exploitation. Written by Patricio Plaza and directed by Santiago Grasso.
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Your job is not fulfilling anymore, but you have a good reason to not quit. Is that reason really so good? The top reasoning errors making you stick with your job:
- Quitting will add a flaw to my résumé:
Of course it sounds great to have five years experience as an executive consultant. And yes, it really doesn’t sound that nice to leave your company after the first year. But who cares? If you are so worried about how your résumé looks like, then maybe you should come up with something better than a piece of paper to get forward with your career.
Your résumé should emphasize your achievements and not the places where you wasted your time. If you want to get forward, then you should think more about how to develop your potential and not about working for this or that company for a certain amount of time. You will always achieve more in the job that you really go for. Motivation is and has always been the key.