Tell me about it.
At the end of a job that started with a full-on panic attack on day one and ended in turmoil twelve years later, that was my response to this core belief of the Career Invention Coaching Certification I undertook as part of my exit strategy.
Great salary and benefits, plus just enough moments of meaning, service and joy kept me there that long. So I said to myself.
The truth: no plan. What. So. Ever.
After five subsequent years of helping clients craft the plans they need to not only escape soul-crushing jobs, but flourish in careers they love, I know this:
It’s truer than ever that no job is secure, and having an aligned, up-to-date personal strategic plan is the key to turning the risks of the new world of work into opportunities.
Perfect example: the recent Oscars “Envelope Incident:”
Recap: End of broadcast, Best Picture. Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway. Beatty opens envelope, confusion. Shows to Dunaway, she announces winner. Applause, hugs, tears, speeches. Non-celebrity types wearing headsets onstage. Chaos. New envelope. Mistake! More applause. Different folks hug, cry, speechify. Accountant distributing envelopes messed up. Backstage selfies possible factor.
Why the Envelope Incident Matters
You may think it’s irrelevant in the great scheme of things, but here’s why I think it matters in a world of work where no job is secure.
- Most folks in the performing arts accept that they work in a gig economy, where going from job to job, project to project is the norm.
- Most accountants and others who work in, for lack of a better word, more “traditional” jobs, either don’t get that or act as if they don’t believe it.
So many of my relatives worked for the post office – good middle class jobs that supported the greatest generation from school to retirement – that as a kid, I thought it was where all grown-ups worked, and two years ago, when my older brother received his 50-year service award from the company where he’s worked since high school, they had to special order it because it had been so long since anyone qualified for one.
In the new world of work, where no job is secure, jobs like that have have gone the way of flip phones and portable CD players, leaving more and more of us navigating a world of work that’s more like the gig economy of the performing arts than the school-to-retirement world of my parents’ generation.
In today’s world of work, an up-to-date, aligned personal strategic plan is an imperative.
Even if you never have the opportunity to mess up handing an award to a movie star, it’s highly likely that you’ll experience some potentially career-altering version of the Envelope Incident. (The envelope didn’t get fired, but he’ll never work the Oscars gig again.)
Whether yours is a big, uber-public screw up, a layoff, a bad fit with a new boss or company culture or simply the result of following your desire to pursue something new, the time to create your personal strategic plan is now, not when Jimmy Kimmel’s trying to make light of what you did on national TV.
I can help you with your plan. Let’s talk about how.
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