Leave at your peak, not after

Recently, we received call from a long-term client.

“I’ve been headhunted, what do I do?” she asked.

“Okay, isn’t that a good thing?” 

“But I wasn’t thinking about moving!” she said.

The fact is, situations like this are all too common. You’re working away, hitting highs in your current role and that’s when you start to get noticed in your company and industry. That’s when the offers start to flow in.

When they receive an offer, more often than not, people are unprepared.

On the other side, people often move when they’re become bored of their current role, their commitment is waning and perhaps are not performing to their peak. This means they are not at their peak attractiveness to employers.

You’re working away, hitting highs in your current role and that’s when you start to get noticed in your company and industry. That’s when the offers start to flow in.

How do you deal with this dilemma: being most attractive when you aren’t considering leaving?

The answer is being prepared. Being cognisant of the fact that you are most employable at your peak.

There will come a point in your career when it is time to go and move on to another job or company.

Your commitment to your job is a clear indication that it is probably time to consider other job opportunities.

When your commitment to your job, company, or manager is wavering you may wake up in the morning with a sense of trepidation or indifference and you may end the day with a feeling of discouragement or a lack of enthusiasm.

It can take time to acknowledge your feelings and confirm that your commitment is wavering. Even if you try hard to supress it, people will see this lack of motivation and commitment both at work and in your personal life.

To be an effective high performer and to be regarded as an extraordinary leader, you need drive and commitment. Loosing this can impact your engagement and productivity which in turn influences your reputation and personal brand.

You want to be able to leave when you are at your peak. This allows you to maintain your reputation and continue your journey to achieve your career goal.

If you want more advice on where to take your career, why not consider our specialized career coaching?

Ready to take the next step in your executive career journey? Why not start by heading over to our Executive Scorecard to see where you might have gaps.

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