Pay It Forward

In three years how will you feel if your life looks the same as it does today? If you wouldn’t be happy, what would you change?

-Dr. Meg Jay, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

A big part of this reboot is exploring what I want the next phase of my career and personal life to look like. I have always known exactly what goal I was working toward. I have accomplished most of those goals. It’s been great, but I have no idea where to go next. I realize that I’m probably not the only person having these thoughts, so I decided to take action. As annual reviews are taking place, I am inviting each member of my team to start a conversation about what their own career aspirations are so that we can be intentional about incorporating experiences that will get them ready for the opportunity (in our organization or someplace else) when the time is right. This is risky because I have a great team, and I don’t want to lose any of them. Still when they look back three years from now, I want each one of them to point to significant learning that took place even if they stay in the same position. I want us to stretch and grow together. Whether you call it karma, planting seeds, or paying it forward, I am putting what I need out into the universe.  While my own next steps are a mystery, I can help other people nurture their own aspirations. I’m hoping that as I affirm others’ dreams my own will become more apparent.

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