John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker LLC
Everyone says it: I left for a better opportunity. But, what if the opportunity was waiting all along simply for you to grab it?
“Better opportunity” is a catch-all phrase. It’s a cover for every motivation. And broadly speaking, it’s true in about 99.99% of the cases. In more than a few of those cases, better opportunity was there had you’d been alert. How about your own situation, now? Do you …
- Lobby to take on new challenges?
- Read and stay on top of trends?
- Get curious about others’ views and opinions?
- Set a higher standard for your reports?
Are you missing opportunity for growth where you are? Sometimes you have to proactively look. Do you …
- Ask about upcoming projects that could be difficult to staff?
- Read your firm’s news releases to understand the face it presents to the market?
When you look, you might see new opportunities for …
- Getting creative with an engagement (“We could move the work faster if we …”)
- Thinking bigger (“This little one-off project could turn into …”)
- Thinking like the boss (“How can we do the next one more profitably?”)
Seeing those opportunities means nothing without action. You’ll find more success and satisfaction if you …
- Seek out advice from a network of colleagues and friends; they can be the source of ideas you hadn’t thought of
- Soak up lots of information about the opportunity; don’t hesitate to ask questions
- Create a timeline to keep yourself on course; use it to help you maneuver around the inevitable obstacles
At some point, opportunity will be staring you in the face. Ask yourself, what if you really go for it? What if you do nothing? The answer will be apparent. Don’t get stuck in the paralysis of analysis. Act.
Make sure you’ve taken a hard look for opportunity before you think about leaving. If you’re confident that you see none, maybe it’s time to talk to us. Contact us for a confidential conversation about your options.