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Management careers should be handled with similar strategies, the same level of planning and the same discipline that you would use when running a business. 

  • Do your values, work ethic and goals align with those of your team?
  • Is your team winning or steadily marching in that direction?
  • Are you learning and becoming better every day?
  • Do you have a clear plan and flight path for the next phase of your career?
  • Have you developed a strong team around you and a successor?
  • Are you in love with what you do?
  • How do you feel about the geographical area you work in?

Like business planning and there are never perfect answers but regularly asking yourself these questions and digging deep for the answers can help guide you in the right direction. 

If you are thinking about making a career move it is our belief that most of the time the best career opportunity you have is right where you are at.  First make sure that you have truly pushed yourself, your team, your peers and your boss as far as you can in your current position.  Second make sure you have allowed an appropriate amount of time for those changes to take effect.    

If you own the company or are in a leadership position it is critical to understand that everyone on your team is asking themselves similar questions.  There are demographics at work with a retiring generation of baby boomers that is almost 60% larger than generation X.  The “War for Talent” is definitely real; especially at the management level.  Leaders that are not paying attention to this on a daily basis will run into significant challenges scaling or even maintaining their businesses.