Sunday, January 26, 2014

Your Affair is Over – The Zing is lost …

Never underestimate the power of passion  – Eve Sawyer

It is so common to reach that point. The point when the zing is gone, when the excitement and drive is lost. When it just isn’t fun.

No, I am not talking about your relationship with someone special. I am talking about the relationship between you - -and the company you work for. Yes, we do fall out of love with a company, and not necessarily our job.

Over the past few months, I have heard from clients and those I have met that they now know the zing is gone in their career or job. They know they need a change.

But here is what is different.

Unlike the past several years as the recession started – maybe ended – and recovery took hold, people were held back by fear.

They do not appear to be held back any longer. Confidence is returning. People are making positive change.

What causes people to lose their zing?

  • Changing culture of the company – A huge cause for so many. The company is acquired. Management may change. The spirit just changes and the culture that drew you to the company is gone or radically changed.
  • A new set of characters to work with – Some of your most special and deep relationships are formed on the job, and sometimes, those folks just leave for new and better things. You are left, without the connection that kept you there or motivated you
  • Lost connection with leadership – The boss you thought was the best ever all of a sudden is gone, reassigned or given a new role, that doesn’t include you. You find yourself reporting to a new boss who you do not respect. Disconnect with leadership is  the major reasons people move on from a company.
  • And the big one --- you just don’t believe anymore – You lose the passion for what you do with an organization, and you question your purpose. You learn finally that work is not just about money. It is about passion, doing good, giving back and growing. Money is far down the list (and to some reading this I can hear your mind churning Man, Moran is nuts and you will come to that realization.

So what do you do if I am describing you?

Give yourself permission to move on. Giving yourself permission is a defining moment in your life and career. It is the point when you accept that the relationship has ended and it is time for a new beginning. This is the one step – the most important step – that will release you to experience new options and possibilities. You just have to accept that it is okay to do so.

You will form new relationships. You will connect. You will find the passion again. And thank you for reading this. - Dan

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