The long game

Photo Credit: Chris Casacelli

This one goes out to Zoltar, the fortune teller. Recently, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime when it came to my career. I was stuck between leaving a workplace well I was well celebrated, invested in, and had an amazing workplace culture. And, giving all that up to go join PlayStation – A worldwide brand and becoming a big fish in a little pond.

Zoltar’s advice, you ask? “When faced with big decisions, one must meet irrationality with wisdom and grace and consider all the options.”

One of the biggest pitfalls I’ve seen leaders fall into consistently is the one thing that all sentient life can’t escape from – Time.

You’ve heard all the mottos and anthems of “You only live once, take a leap of faith, put the pedal to the medal,” but I am urging all my readers to ease up on the gas. It has been universally proven that leaders don’t make educated decisions when they are pushed into deciding on a limited time frame. And when that is the case, the results can be dire.

Luckily, I have a secret weapon – a diverse cast of mentors. And when time is of the essence, having a readily accessible sounding board is necessary for practical leadership. So, now to the question, you’re all asking. So, what did I decide to do?

After dotting all the I’s and connecting all the q’s – I made the jump because leaders don’t grow when they’re comfortable. So make sure you don’t burn bridges, keep your lifelines on speed dial, and jump towards your dreams your rockstar?

Are you waiting to make the jump? If so, make sure you think thrice.

Till next time, Stay Caffeinated
Yours in all things leadership,

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