John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
You’ve hung around your practice this long because it’s always looked like there’s another rung on the ladder. But, sometimes that balance between certainty and assumption can slip and you might not notice. Maybe it’s time for a closer look.
If you’re one of many who will be facing a decision point this summer, now is the time to prepare. Even if not, a careful calibration never hurts.
Start by pulling out your notes from the last conversation with the boss that touched on your upward advancement. (You do keep notes, don’t you?) Read them a couple times and recall anything else that might have been discussed. What has been the evidence since then? If changes were promised, were they delivered? Have any obstacles popped up that need to be taken account of?
Check to see if the goalpost has moved. If that goalpost is “Partner”, it’s admittedly difficult to articulate exactly where the goalpost is. You can tell a lot, though, about whether the boss makes a genuine effort to explain or whether the answers you get continue to go in circles.
All things being equal, the goalpost isn’t likely to have moved very much, if at all. On the other hand, mergers, acquisitions and reorganization can all move the goalpost in subtle ways that may not be readily apparent. Mergers & acquisitions can have financial effects that trickle down to revenue generation expectations. Reorganizations can move bodies around to the point that the goalpost disappears altogether.
In the end, you may conclude there’s another ring on the ladder; but that you’re not sure it’s worth waiting to get to. In that case, it’s time to evaluate your options. Contact us for a confidential discussion of your future.