Ever had a conflict at work?
How about one of those conflicts where you try and fix the situation and it just seems to make things worse?
It’s like when you get a stain on your shirt and you immediately try and wipe it off, which results in a bigger stain that’s even less likely to be removed.
Conflicts don’t have to turn out this way. In fact, if handled properly, conflicts at work are some of the best opportunities to make strides with coworkers and in your career.
You just have to know how to handle these situations.
“I feel bad about leaving.”
Those are words that I have heard many times from employee’s considering leaving one of my companies to go on to a new opportunity.
I’ve seen it enough to know that the feeling is common and genuine. Departing employees often feel a deep sense of loyalty to their company. They sometimes even view their departure as a betrayal.
This is a real dilemma for someone like you who is looking to live out a calling with your professional life. You want to be doing work that serves your calling, which sometimes means leaving your current role (even if it’s a great gig), in order to pursue the work that is going to be most fulfilling to you and of most service to others.
And yet, precisely because you are a conscientious person who has made it your mission to be excellent at work, you are torn between pursuing your calling and the loyalty that you feel toward your employer.
This got me thinking: How much loyalty does an employee actually owe an employer?
Want to know something great about me?
I keep it real.
(Please read that as a Martin Lawrence “rrreeeal”.)
I recently got an email from a reader asking me to keep it real when it comes to doing work you love and entrepreneurship.
Here’s an excerpt (bolding is mine):
Last night, I met with two ridiculously talented musicians.
They are also talented entrepreneurs.
They have been on tour with Death Cab for Cutie and collaborated with Third Eye Blind.
Up until now, all of their projects have been a result of people approaching them.
Other people have picked them time and again.
Now, they want to turn their side music business (orchestral accompaniment and experiences for people new to orchestra) into their full-time work. But they are feeling a little stuck.
So what’s holding them back?
Well, we met to talk about strategy and tactics to get them to this next phase of their business.
We talked about pitch decks and key metrics and one year plans.
It was all “good” stuff, but none of it really got at the heart of the issue they are facing. Their real problem is not one of strategy.
So what’s the real issue?
Starting over is hard to do…
especially when you already have income and expertise in your current work.
However, if you want more than just a career, but instead want to live out a true calling, starting over is sometimes in order.
I get asked about this topic so often that I’ve become the “get a new job” and “start over” coach for people in transition.
Here’s what to do in 5 simple (but not necessarily easy) steps…