Are the winds of change blowing?

by Christopher de Zeeuw on August 11, 2014 No comments

I have changed positions quite a lot myself during my career – mostly within the same company but I found that I was never in the same role for more than two years until I finally made it to Financial Director. Whilst my CV now reads as a book and some people don’t see the constant move as a good thing, I always believed that a person must not work just for the salary at the end of the month. If you are not continually learning and being challenged while you working, you are slowly dying (if not from pending boredom then definitely death by Solitaire!).

It was for this reason that I personally keep moving and looking for challenges. When did I know it was time to change? Reading the article below and applying hindsight the most relevant for me were the last two – When I dreaded each Monday morning and as soon as I was not having fun, I knew it was time for a change.

The biggest reason I would say you must not quit your job is if you are looking for more money. Your expenses will quickly align with the increased cash and within 6 months you will start seeing the signs of boredom again and possibly the 5 points below.

So before you throw caution to the wind – I suggest you read the article below and most importantly – make it your challenge to keep your personal growth the highest priority and ensure that you keep being challenged and learning along the path.

Irrespective of your company or role, as soon as you are not learning, you are busy being left behind…

 5 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Author: Sallie Krawcheck

Most of us don’t consider ourselves to be quitters. But there are times in your career when it’s time to move on….or be moved on….or stagnate. Here are 5 signs that it was probably time to pack up my bags in a couple of my jobs (but that I ignored):

I received diametrically opposed advice from senior people (who mattered) on how to do my job.

One told me to “lead, not manage;” another to “manage, not lead.” The net of this was that there was no clear understanding of what success in the job – or even the means by which to get there – looked like. If you feel like you can’t win, you can’t win.

I started watching movies on long airplane flights.

Nothing wrong with this, mind you. Everyone needs a break to reboot. But since my very first job, I have seen long flights as a time for expanses of work and thought. I even looked forward to trips for exactly this reason. Once I started watching movies instead, it was clear that I was not as engaged in my job as I had been.

I thought – and rethought – every word that came out of my mouth.

How would this sound? How would this be interpreted? Was this statement too far off the other views around the table? I’ve worked in cultures in which “no idea is a bad idea” and in ones in which you had to watch what you say. I am very over the term “authentic,” but if you can’t be “authentic” at your job, it’s time to look for another job.

My stomach hurt…..particularly on Sunday nights.

Many people get the Sunday night blues on occasion, but too many of these gives you a lot of information about how you really feel about what you’re doing on Monday morning.

I wasn’t laughing.

I don’t know about you, but I love a good belly laugh….the kind where you laugh so hard you gasp for air. Yes, I know “work is called work for a reason,” but in most of my jobs, I’ve had a comfort level that we could have the occasional “laugh until you cry” moment. When that’s gone, it’s a key signal.

This doesn’t mean that you should walk directly into your boss’ office and quit. But signals like these (and your signals may be very different from mine) may well mean that you are in a job – or a company or an industry – that doesn’t fit quite right. At the very least, it means that it’s worth a significant rethink to try to address the core issues.

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