You can’t do much as a leader to make work meaningful for others in your organization. But your actions sure as heck can lead others to experience work as meaningless.
What do you do when the business you own no longer provides the personal meaning and fulfillment it once did? The answer is rarely clear cut, especially if your business is otherwise successful and employees and customers are counting on you.
I want to talk here about a career move. Not just any kind of move. The kind that when you make it, you know it’s big. I’m not speaking about job changes – although those can be big, too. I’m referring to the type of career decision that fundamentally alters your relationship to work. The sort of change many of us want to make but seldom do. And for good reason. Just the thought of it scares the you know what out of us.
Ten years ago I decided to leave the marketing business I co-founded and an industry I had devoted myself to for 21 years. Today, I’m reflecting on what I’ve learned in a decade of trying to make a different difference. When I set out on my journey, I didn’t have the benefit of a role model or textbook. If you’re contemplating a change like mine, I humbly offer 10 lessons from a decade of redirecting and redefining my career – with the caveat that your experience may be nothing like mine!