I worked for one company for almost 9 years.
About two years into that run, I accepted an offer with another company. When I gave notice to my boss, he asked me where I was going and what my goals were.
Long story short, he convinced me to stay and take advantage of the opportunity I had. Right where I was.
I went on to spend several years building and leading a large implementation team, and spent three more years in Product Management before moving on.
Over those year I learned about acquisitions, recruiting, new product launches, go to market strategy, and x-functional collaboration between sales, services, support, product, and engineering.
It gave me a foundation that I continue to build upon to this day.
If I left, I would have missed it. Who's to say what would have happened next?
The point is, I almost gave up too early.
In my search for greener pastures and few more shekels, I nearly missed an amazing opportunity to learn and grow. In a solid company with a good management team, strong customer base, and lots of growth.
Now we find ourselves in the midst of the "great resignation" which I believe represents a huge opportunity... for those that choose to stick it out.
Those who choose to keep their current job and build on momentum they already have. Especially if you believe in the leadership team, have a solid customer base, and can see the company growing.
As others decide to leave, you'll find that your experience and knowledge grow in importance to the business, and opportunities will appear for you to STEP IN, STEP UP, and LEAD. Right where you are.
You have more control over your career than you think.
But don't wait for it to be handed to you on a silver platter...
I was thrilled to be one of the first guests on Nils's new B2B Leadership podcast. We talked about career, and how to step up. It made me think about this story and the opportunity I almost missed.
Wouldn't trade those years for anything in hindsight.
Check it out 👇
(and also check out the episode with my good friend and CS legend Wayne McCulloch)
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