You’re smart, or they wouldn’t have hired you. You’ve read the tea leaves about job and career changes, and you know how frequently they happen. The head-office people figure you’re probably good for five years. Then you’ll either bolt…or could be they’ll stretch you out on the chopping block during the next downsizing “harvest.”
Almost all of your other entering “classmates” in this year’s crop of new hires will be playing exactly the same hop-to-happiness game.
The truth is somewhat different. Organizations have to be agile enough to change, but they also crave continuity. While they expect a huge portion of the organization to turn over rapidly, headquarters also yearns for those stable human pillars who anchor cultural values.
So, imagine what you think “company career” is for you rather than dancing from job to job. What if you become an “I’m-sticking-around” contrarian? You may need to “announce” your intentions with an unusual accent:
Some might write off this overly helpful attitude as being too subservient at best. But hold the phone:
Mackay’s Moral: Most people are willing to meet each other halfway; trouble is, most people are pretty poor judges of distance
Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.
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