Can I Grow My Career And Skip Managing People?

If you'd rather do the work your passionate about, lead the company vision and focus on your area of expertise rather than manage a team of people and complete performance reviews, you're not alone.

It’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important and get bogged down in the day-to-day activities. Dealing with drama is incredibly annoying, leaving you muttering, "I wish they’d just act like adults" under your breath and feeling like you are back in middle school again.

For high achieving leaders, it can be extremely frustrating to feel like you can’t do your best work because you are too busy doing things that don’t really matter. The stress. The overwhelm. Frequently feeling behind in everything and sometimes, feeling like a failure.

The answer? Step away from your soul sucking job.
Seriously, step away right now.

Your life is worthy of making it your number one priority. If you don’t, chances are you will end up getting sick or worse. Clients of mine who have prioritized their well-being and health after burning out, have experienced amazing transformations - some have even beaten cancer!

When your job is draining and sucking the life out of you, it’s time to step away.

This is equivalent of your check engine light being on. Would you ignore the warning light and run your car until it breaks down or would you heed the warning and take it to be serviced? So, book yourself a trip somewhere where you can be in the natural world and clear your head, and do it very soon.

Until then, making decisions from a place of burnout is not wise, particularly career decisions. The only appropriate decision to make is that you don’t want to live your life that way anymore. That’s it. Any other decision, needs to be considered when you are away from the current situation.

Ok, now that we’ve established you need to take some time away from work, let’s unpack your day-to-day...

Let me ask, how much of your day are you spending doing work that fulfills you and brings you joy & satisfaction? I’d guess to say very little.

If you are a leader who is strongly leading the company vision and spending time innovating, there is no room for drama. No company’s vision includes drama because it is an innovation killer.

Here’s another place for action—Double your presence in leading the company vision and talking about your field. Inspire your team to create solutions to problems, to see things from a new perspective, to think differently about how they work so they produce a better product.

If your team is full of high performers who produce high quality of work, spending your time doing their performance review would be an honor instead of viewing it as a major chore.

Investing time in your team by writing their performance reviews gives you the opportunity to really reflect on them as a whole person. It’s time invested in deepening your relationship together. It’s through this relationship that you really get to achieve the goals you are striving for.

As for growing in your career, what is your dream role?

Don’t buy into the story that you have to manage people in order to grow. Smart leaders know that not everyone is meant to be a leader, however, they can be incredibly valuable in other ways. Although, there are still organizations that have limited thinking and only stick to the old fashion structures.

Could it be simply that you don’t have the proper tools in place to effectively manage your team. Chances are, with a little support and some work on your end, you may realize that you truly love leading others to success.

Ask your boss to invest in you by hiring you a leadership coach to help you navigate this steep learning curve of being a leader. You will gain necessary tools to lead and manage, or you may decide that you really do want to choose an alternative career path. Your coach can help you on how to have that conversation with your boss.

At the end of the day, I want to remind you that often the limitations that you experience are self-imposed. Taking that time off in nature will help you see this. You are more powerful than you give yourself credit for. Visualize how you want your work life to be. Work towards that vision. Ask for what you want. You’ll be surprised how often you get it.

In Service To Your Greatness,


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