Knowing the right time to make a move away from your business
It can be difficult to know when to call time on a business that you have played a large part in, especially when you have contributed to long term success on an organisational scale. However, sometimes saying goodbye to your current business or role is the best move for you, and for your career.
It is especially important in the C-suite to know when it’s time to move on, as feeling inspired and motivated within your role is imperative to maintaining a desire to perform at the highest level while making meaningful contributions to the business.
But how can you know that it’s the right time to make a move away from your business, and begin the next step of your professional life?
There are three distinct signs that you need to move on, they are:
- A lack of motivation and passion
- No progression opportunities
- When you are not learning new skills
A lack of motivation and passion
Being motivated and passionate as a leader is crucial for several reasons. For one, these qualities allow you to be effective within your role, as your attitude will serve as an inspiration to those who are working below you. This is essential, as the morale of your workforce is a large contributing factor to the success of your business.
Being motivated and passionate about your role is important as a C-suite leader as, without this, you may begin to resent the time that is being spent on your role. Being passionate about what you do allows you to justify losing out on personal time that may have to be sacrificed for the success of the business.
If you feel that you are lacking the passion and motivation to drive success, and contribute to your business, then it may be time to walk away and find a new passion. Finding a new opportunity or role may give you the motivation that you have lacked in your current position. This is important not only to achieving your professional goals but also for your personal health and wellbeing.
No progression opportunities
It is paramount always to be working towards targets as well as looking for opportunities to climb the ladder and progress. If you find yourself in a position where there is no way of progressing any further at your business, it may be time to consider moving on.
Progression opportunities are important to help you to gain new skills, as well as developing professionally and financially. This is especially true if you are a C-suite leader who is capable of contributing a high level of expertise, and would like to take these skills further into a role that involves more responsibility and reward.
Without these opportunities, it becomes hard to find new challenges, and your role may become monotonous. You may find it more difficult to engage with your role and to push to improve your performance; this lack of drive can be demoralising and could affect your motivation levels.
When you find yourself in a position where opportunities for you to progress have stagnated, you should consider moving on to find alternative avenues that will contribute to your development as a leader.
When you are not learning new skills
Learning new skills is an important aspect of any role, and is of substantial importance as a C-suite leader. Through learning new skills, you are able to develop your business acumen and strengthen important leadership skills such as team management, financial awareness etc.
This is key to developing you as a rounded professional, with the capability of making informed decisions, being an effective leader and contributing significantly to the success of the business. Without opportunities to learn and master new skills, you may fall into a routine and become disengaged with your role. This is bound to harm your productivity, which may affect the success of the business.
Where there is no opportunity to learn, there is little opportunity to grow as a professional. As such, when you find yourself in a role that offers you precious few opportunities to learn new skills, it’s time to move on.
Although it can be challenging to make the decision to move away from your business, sometimes it is simply not serving you to remain where you are – the grass truly can be greener!
If you find yourself in a position where your motivation and passion levels are faltering, and opportunities to progress and grow are few and far between, you should take time to seriously consider whether your current role is the best fit for you.