How to Fight Career Inertia

As business leaders, executives often hear headlines like, “How to Engage Employees,” “Refocus Your Team,” and “Encourage a Better Performance.” Low-level employees, however, aren’t the only team members whose careers can stagnate. Career inertia often overtakes executives before they realize, leaving them aimless and longing for a new direction. Before tendering your resignation, focus on revitalizing your work ethic.

5 Ways to Revitalize with Your Executive Career

  1. executives sleeping through meetingInvestigate. Why are you feeling career fatigue? Is it a lack of diversity in the workday, a responsibility you feel ill-equipped (or overqualified) to handle, or tensions between coworkers? Take a week and write down your favorite and least favorite tasks at work. Determine if any of them are unnecessary or self-imposed, and you may find a burden falling away from the daily grind.
  2. Discuss. Every executive feels burnt out at some point or another. When you’re struck with career ennui, discuss it with your leadership team. They may have suggestions for revitalizing a stagnant career. If not, you’ll still acquire the support of your team, which can make a significant difference in job satisfaction. Just keep in mind that your coworkers are, first and foremost, company leaders. Don’t reveal anything that casts a negative light on your competence or dedication to the company.
  3. Mentor. Whether you choose to mentor an aspiring company leader or seek mentorship from a powerhouse CEO, mentorship engages executives, giving them fresh perspectives, new opportunities, and a renewed drive for success in their current careers.
  4. Analyze. Are you still unsatisfied with your executive career? You may have peaked at your current position. Sift through your job experiences and analyze your skills, achievements, and career goals. If you’re unable to reach your goals at your current company, it’s probably time to move on.

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