Secrets to a Fulfilling Career


Last year I came across Victor Lipman’s article People Leave Managers, Not Companies, which included some staggering information: around 60% or 70% of employees are simply not working as hard as they could be. And what did he attribute to this? “The relationship between manager and employee is the biggest culprit, then belief in senior leadership, pride in one’s company and the chronic uncertainty resulting from a steady stream of reorganizations, layoffs and pressure “to do more with less.”” I’m surprised, but at the same time not really, that salary hasn’t been listed as a contributing factor. So what happens when the factors listed by Lipman are at play? You leave the company, or at least try to. But, sometimes it takes months and months to secure another job. What then?

 One thing I wouldn't suggest is complaining endlessly or thinking that your problems will only be solved by jumping ship. You will always find something to complain about in any company. What’s productive is rather assessing the situation and determining to either turn it around, or learn from and make the most of it. Remember, it’s in being tested that we learn the most about ourselves and what we’re capable of. As much as I am not always delighted to go through trials, I strongly believe that we need to experience them for our continued cognitive development. Don’t lose out on the opportunity to become a better version of yourself.

Oftentimes it takes self-examination to see how you’re contributing to the problem, courage to honestly speak up about it, and extra work and self-motivation to prove your case and influence or change other’s perceptions. And, ultimately, if nothing changes for the better in your view, then do jump ship, but do so having done all you can, so you can learn all there is to learn from that situation, and so that when you look back you can be proud of the way you handled it.

 May the rest of your weekend be fantastic!