Work has always been a covenant-type relationship for me. My dad is a small business owner and company loyalty means a lot. You don’t bite the hand that feeds, and you certainly don’t abandon ship.
“Do you know what YOU want to do? We do!”
My brothers are my ultimate sounding board when it comes to a lot of things. They are my best friends – they know how to fire me up, calm me down, and make me laugh until my face hurts. They challenge, support, and pick me back up. We work hard and play hard. Sometimes they know me better than I know myself and thank goodness.
Conversations about my career with family, friends, mentors, and co-workers (current and future) have been all across the board. Formal KSAB testing (knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors) and informal self-assessments. I exhausted all available resources to answer the following: “How can I position myself so that I’m reaching my greatest potential? My best, highest use?”
Lots of careful consideration led to accepting a new opportunity beginning in early December. I’ll be joining Living Forward, which is a new sub-company of my current employer. My primary focuses will be internal use only financial feasibility projects and market studies. There is a lot of room to contribute to the practice. I like to think of it as being a part of a start-up, but without the risk because we are still under the stability and support of CRESA and P&M.
Realizing that work is not a covenant was huge. I’m not married to my employer, right? My concern about others’ reactions should not drive a decision that is ultimately my own. It is my career, not anyone else’s. It is my time, my energy, my passion, my work. I need to make it my own.
That’s what our sibling conversation generated. My desire to join Living Forward was obvious, but the thought of taking action was initially gut-wrenching. This decision has positive and negative effects that affect others I care about and myself.
The next few weeks will be challenging, but I want to make my transfer as easy as possible for all involved. Best foot forward. Every day.