I had recently begun a new job and was in the middle of a succession planning discussion with my HR colleague “Jeremiah” (not his real name) and a shared client of ours who was a Vice President within our company. We had been helping him brainstorm and review names of employees who could potentially grow into his role should he be promoted, rotated to another position, retire, or decide to resign and leave the company for another opportunity.
As we were finalizing the group of potential succession candidates, Jeremiah began cajoling our client. “You know, you’re forgetting about the most important candidate.” Read more…
In this video interview, Mike Gellman discusses the three biggest mistakes or obstacles that get in the way of someone having the career they want.
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In this section, I select a “question of the week” from a client or colleague as it relates to managing one’s career. You are invited to submit your brief question or situation to me at email@example.com for the opportunity to receive an answer in a future edition of this newsletter or livestream broadcast.
This week’s Question: Should I tell my boss that I’m looking for a new job?
The short answer is two-fold. Yes, if you’re looking for another position within your current company. While every company is different, it’s not uncommon for Human Resources or the hiring manager of the new position to contact your current boss to notify them that they received your application and would like to get an assessment of you before or after a potential interview.
It’s important to recognize that eventually your boss will find out. One of the worst things that can happen is for your boss to be blindsided when you’re conducting an internal job search. The timing of when you let your boss know may vary depending on the relationship you have with him or her (some of you may have a negative, unsupportive boss who feels threatened).
Ideally, you’ve initiated conversations about your career aspirations in the past. The advantage of informing your boss ahead of time is that s/he can either advocate for you or at the very least surface any potential objections they may have so that you may attempt to address their concerns and resolve them. The disadvantage may be that you apply for a lot of positions yet don’t receive a job offer at all or right away. This may create an awkward dynamic with your boss knowing your heart isn’t in the current job. You could be designated as a short-timer in their mind and not assigned to the ideal projects you find interesting and challenging, or your responsibilities may be scaled back, or you may be treated differently in some fashion.
If you’re looking for work outside the company, then it’s not necessary to let your boss know you’re interviewing for other jobs. If you have a good relationship and you need a good recommendation, then that’s something you can broach while working on a transition plan to have a smooth handoff as you leave for your new opportunity.
I find that children can offer us a unique perspective and an uncanny source of wisdom. My son, Jonas, fits this description and is a true treasure. He’s a bright 13 year-old boy with a very clever wit. Jonas was one of my sounding boards when I was writing my Pipe Dreams book and he helped me identify quotes that I used in each chapter. He continues to be a fresh source of inspiration as I build my High Five Career Coaching business. Over the years, I have captured some of his spoken gems. Some are rather profound. Others are just plain funny. Hope you enjoy these along with inspiring famous quotes he scouts each week.
Here’s this week’s gem: “You can’t talk for people if you don’t know their voice.”
My son said this when he was about eight years old in response to me imitating the voice of one of his stuffed animal friends, but it really stuck with me. For me, it speaks to really taking the time to listen and understand one another. How often has someone interrupted you in front of someone else and spoken on your behalf when they don’t really know what you’re actually thinking or what you would have said?
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