Food for thought!


Several of my staff has approached me lately about their career
decisions. I really appreciate my staff opening up to me. It is quite

reassuring to know that they're still having second thoughts about
leaving. Here is part of the email I sent to a "confused" staff:

I have worked for more than 5 companies already so I guess you might
be correct in saying I have had considerable experience about leaving and
moving on. I will not stop you nor tell you to leave, though of course it
will be better if you stay. In any career decision, leaving or staying I
believe, based from my personal experiences and as an HR professional,
should only be done for the right reasons.

For one, you shouldn't leave because you don't like several people
in the company, nor should you stay because of the friends you have made
here. At the end of the day, it is your life. Your friends or "enemies"
should not make or break your career. If you let them be the deciding
factor, then maybe you should think twice. You are the craftsman of your
fate and the captain of your ship. Captain Hook shouldn't be one of your

Do not leave nor stay because of the "brand" of your company. If
that was the case, I would have rushed off and sign my JO in "C"! Ask
yourself whether you want to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish
in a bigger pond. Know your priorities. Only you can answer that.

Do not leave the company because you're so damn frustrated about the
way things are being run, or stay because you have this "messianic
complex" that you can change things overnight. Be realistic about the
things. Learn to accept that there is no perfect company. Be accepting
that change is a slow and painful process at times and be thankful that
you realize and act on things that can be changed and improved.
Definitely, do not leave or stay just because your parents want you
to. I know I am advocating obedience to parents but again, we are talking
about YOUR career. But learn to value their wisdom and discern well.

Money isn't everything. The package being offered now might be
better but look at the long-term prospects. Do not leave or stay just
solely on the compensation package. Look for growth prospects and review
their career plans for you. Your immediate gains today might actually be a
loss a few years from now if you do the Math.

Boredom is another challenge all professionals are faced with during
lull periods in their career. Do not leave because you have become so
bored with your job. Do not stay either because you want things as they
are. Change is inevitable in any organization. Talk to your boss. Ask for
more responsibilities or other tasks if you're bored. Enroll in a special
course. If you're satisfied with the status quo and is just waiting for
retirement hoping things will stay the same, you're in for a big
disappointment - either you will be forced to change or you will be forced
to leave. Be ready before that time comes. Boredom or complacency is a
perennial battle most professionals have to deal with. Arm yourself with
creativity everyday!

Tonight I suggest you rest well. Sit still and listen to what He is
saying. PRAY. I have always made my career decisions through His guidance.
He was and still is my Career Adviser/Talent Manager. Your work, our work,
is a vocation. He knows us more than we know ourselves so trust Him for
whatever plans He has for you. You can never go wrong.

And remember: Use your head to get to the top.

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