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Why Now May Be The Time To Quit Your Executive Job

Is it time to exit stage right? Photo Courtesy of Ernest Billo-Unsplash

General Electric just told the city of Boston that they were scaling back their plans to grow the Boston HQ significantly. While that move alone may not mean much to you, they have to reimburse the state $87M of incentive money given to them when they agreed to move their corporate headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts. In a nutshell, the company is doing what’s best for them. Can the same be said about you?

Here are four questions to consider when evaluating if the job you have is worth continuing.

  1. Am I having fun at work? This is a question that I always ask my executive coaching clients. You’d be surprised how many people either don’t know or can’t say yes. If you have to think about whether or not you’re having fun at work, chances are you’re not. And if you’re spending most of your waking hours at work and not enjoying yourself, then why are you still there?
  2. Does your organization value what you do? Do your boss and your colleagues appreciate the value you bring to the organization? Are you getting the support you need to improve your department? You have a seat at the executive table. However, is your voice being heard? This is probably the number one reason why people contact me when seeking an executive coach. They realize their influence is waning. When caught early, you can turn this situation around. If it’s gone on for too long, then the only choice left may be to depart.
  3. Has a promised promotion been forgotten? You were told you’d be running the division by year-end. That was 14 months ago. There’s never been a better time to change jobs. With record levels of unemployment across the nation, companies are desperately seeking people like you. It’s time to take your head out of the sand and face the obvious. You’ve gone as far as you’re going to go in your current organization. Now that you know this, what will you do with this information?
  4. Is there a new CEO in town, who is bringing in her executive team? Are you sitting by and watching your colleagues being replaced by people who the CEO knows and trusts? What makes you think your number won’t be up shortly? You’re in a much better position to negotiate a new deal when you’re employed, than when you’re not. Now’s the time to take action.

If your work is no longer making you happy, then I say quit!

©Matuson Consulting, 2019.

I’m holding free confidential sessions this week for executives who want to discuss their situation. Reach out to me at or call me direct at 617-608-3633.

Not available this week? E-mail me and we’ll get a call on the calendar for early March.

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