The frequency and pace of change in your organization, the exponential growth of your professional transparency, your lack of energy to connect with others while employed (visibility), and your lack of energy regarding your performance assessment (value), all create professional risks for you. With increased turbulence in your organization resulting in roles, responsibilities, and relationships changing with great frequency, your ability to benefit from the development of organic relationships (ones that grow naturally over time) or purposeful relationships (ones that you proactively create with a goal in mind) is being seriously eroded.
Suddenly, you are at risk of:
- Missing an opportunity to be promoted.
- Being overlooked for increased responsibilities in your current role.
- Being overlooked as a candidate for a visible short-term assignment.
- Missing professional opportunities for reassignment to a new role during an organizational restructuring.
- Being adversely impacted by a layoff.
- Losing control of your reputation.
Allyn Gardner, a coach at Harvard Business School’s career program for MBA students and President of Brookside Consulting Partners, has worked with hundreds of business professionals. “Business professionals are so focused on the day-to-day of the business that they rarely take into account what is coming around the corner for their careers,” says Allyn. “Many business professionals, even those in their thirties and forties, are reacting rather than planning ahead. They respond to whatever trigger someone else pulls, whether it is an acquisition of the business, a change in the business model, or a corporate restructuring.”
Like a picturesque coast line slowly eroding, time passes so quickly at your organization that you don’t realize how much ground you have lost until it is too late.
You can find Ed’s book, Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncover the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job