Craft your job and your career
It is often said that “people join organisations and leave their bosses”. Too often, when I hear people complaining about their jobs, it is not the work, or the company that is the source of their dissatisfaction – it is their bosses. So what are your options?
One of our first instincts is to run – get out of there, change firms, escape the problem. And then we find ourselves in the same situation again – a repetitive cycle. OK, not always, but our bosses can be a source of frustration even when they’re good.
Here are some other options:
- Know what sort of management and leadership styles bring out the best in you
- Learn to articulate your needs appropriately and share these with your colleagues so they understand what enables you to perform at your best
- Look at other aspects of your work to ensure you are playing to your strengths with regards the type of tasks you perform, the control over your work and time, your level of mastery and challenge, purpose in the work.
One model is to ask yourself these questions:
- What type of people do I find it important to have around me, to bring out the best in me?
- How do I prefer to work?
- Do the processes in place support me, or frustrate me?
- What scope is there to modify those processes and still excel?
- How does the organisational culture enable me to be my best?
As your experience increases, note how your strengths and needs change. Regular review will enable you to craft your job to accommodate those changes. And, when it is time to move on, use this information to better inform your career decisions.