Ways You Give Your Power Away @Work

There are many ways you give your power away in your career, often without you even knowing it. Over the next few posts, I’ll be sharing some of these ways with you.

The first way–spending too much time and energy trying to change others—is discussed in a previous post.

Here’s the second way:

You put all your eggs in one basket.

“Diversify” is the name of the game in your career today. Like any investment portfolio, you need to allocate and grow your assets to minimize risk and maximize return. These assets include: your time, your skills, your connections.

However, if you’re like most people, once you get a job, you stop looking. You stop networking. You stop staying in touch. You only focus on the job at hand, allocating all your assets to it. You don’t diversify, which can be risky.

It’s important to do your best for the company that hired you, but remember that this job is only one piece of your career portfolio—a portfolio that you need to continually build.

In today’s volatile world, you increase your risk the minute you take yourself completely off the market. You decrease that risk by learning new skills, meeting new people, staying in touch with your connections and watching the job market. That’s how you keep your options open.

That’s how you keep your power.

 

Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan

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