Are you staying in your lane? Lane selection for your career path may be more important than it seems.
Many people are excited about new opportunities, and for good reason. Boredom is a leading factor in workplace disengagement.
Have you ever been advised to stay in your lane?
Of course, it is not highway driving that I’m referring to, it is analogy about your job or career.
There are plenty of ways to expand and grow. Plenty of opportunities to take some risk, try something new, or move in a different direction. Yet, beyond the somewhat apparent risk of needing to hone new skills, there is another risk.
The risk of doing everything you do poorly.
An economic downturn may be as much to blame as an economic upturn. Both businesses and people alike are searching for what works best.
In a world of constant change, you may need to do more than just do things differently, you may have to do different things.
You should make conscious choices and use specific strategies on your quest. Throwing a bunch of things at the wall to see what sticks sounds appealing. Especially, when you can’t see a clear path. However, this often quickly leads to being a master of none.
Whatever you do, choose your lane. Make conscious decisions about direction shifts or portfolio additions.
Pivoting matters, it always matters, largely because nothing stays the same for long.
In every field, and in every business sector, there are people throwing things at the wall to see what sticks.
This shouldn’t invite chaos. Choose your path, consciously, strategically, and don’t give up too soon.
Swerving benefits no one.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.