I have worked in an upper management position in a number of small companies throughout my career. It is always been my position to offer up as much of my control to anyone that is willing and able to take it. After a decade of watching people either ignore the opportunity or take the opportunity and completely fall apart, I have reduced the experiences down to the following:
If presented with a situation that will deliver everything that you’ve ever wanted in your career, will you:
- Recognize it?
- Be able to handle it?
- People may be under the impression that the path to reaching their goals will be presented thru obvious opportunities and the challenges associated will be easily overcome similar to someone who “plans” financial success thru winning the lottery.
If it is everything that you wanted in life and you could not handle it, will you be able to bow out gracefully?
If it is determined that the situation will not be able to deliver everything that you’ve wanted in your career (as conditions do change) will you be able to control and change the situation such that it delivers on a subset of your desires?
There is much more to this post and as I have more time available I will elaborate.