Why Seniority Is A Terrible Qualifier

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Work your way up the corporate ladder is what you were told. Hard work does pay off, but it’s not enough. When you get promoted into a leadership or executive role, it may not be the best move for you. Here’s why:

Think of 3 different levels in an organization.

The foundation is the technical worker(s) a.k.a. the widget maker.

The middle layer is leadership, also known as management.

On the top is the executive team, otherwise known as the C-Suite.  

Historically managers are promoted because of tenure on the job, but the skill set needed to lead is much different than dealing with customers. I’ve witnessed older managers get promoted because of their loyalty to the company, but once elevated the proverbial wheels fell off. Just because you were great as sales, production, service, etc. doesn’t mean it will translate well at the next level (it has little to do with age, much more to do with mindset).

The same happens for middle management. Leaders are focused on managing people, but with an upgrade to the executive team, now you have to forecast growth. Thinking strategically is not the same as relationally. As a CEO, CTO or CFO you’ll spend most of your time in meetings and researching data. The additional money is nice, but you’ll soon find out if it’s the right fit for you.

This comes back to self-awareness. Knowing what you can and can’t do. Higher pay is always nice, but nowadays people quit their jobs much quicker if they don’t love and thrive in their position. Climbing the corporate ladder isn’t what it used to be. And although entrepreneurship may be sexier it’s also not for everyone. When it comes to your career path, figure out your direction before you start traveling. Pursue a role where you can make the biggest impact, learn the most and utilize your God-given abilities. Otherwise you’re just driving without a destination in mind.

Where Did All the Free Time Go?

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Time is money, but just because you have money it doesn’t mean you have the time to spend it. After college, most people dive into their careers and attempt to climb the corporate ladder. At the top, one realization is made…

“It’s not all I thought it was cracked up to be.” The equation we are taught at an early age is: go to school, get a good job and you’ll make enough money to buy what you want.” First of all, it’s not a linear process and second, what good is being “rich” if you don’t have any free time to enjoy it?

No matter how much money you earn, everyone has to make a concerted effort to carve out time to spend doing the things you love. That may involve buying stuff and/or spending time with people you love. Either way, without free time you’re out of luck. That’s why I created this 8 week course, to help you figure out how to make free time a priority again. You career may have given you an identity, but it doesn’t have to define you.