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  • Be Prepared for Job or Company Changes (But Not Worried)

    Company Problems photo from ShutterstockYou can do everything right, and things can still go splat in your career. As John Elway, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, says, “Not only do you have to be good, but you have to be lucky.”

    Of course, it helps if you can anticipate when your job is at risk. This can enable you to prepare for the worst, not only in terms of your job search (updating your resume, expanding your networking), but emotionally and financially as well. You can get psychologically accustomed to the idea of switching companies, you can speak with your spouse, family, or significant other about the possibilities, and you can increase (or start) your rainy-day saving and investment plan, just in case you need to survive for several months without a regular paycheck.

    Signs that Your Job may be at Risk

    Look for some of the following warning signs to determine whether your current job is at risk.

    • You sense disregard for your authority by those above, below, and around you.
    • The number of people who report to you is significantly reduced.
    • You increasingly feel that your energy, enthusiasm, and smarts are getting you nowhere.
    • You experience notable indignities, such as being ignored in meetings, being left out of the loop on key decisions, or being omitted from the circulation lists for important memos or e-mails.
    • You have frequent run-ins with peers.
    • You are repeatedly passed over for the most interesting, important, or prestigious assignments.

    Warning Signs of Trouble for Your Company

    Sometimes it’s the company itself that faces an uncertain future. This, of course, can have a significant impact on employees. Consider the following signs of a troubled company:

    • Partnerships and co-marketing deals with other companies are canceled.
    • Two or more leading company executives resign or are fired.
    • One or more well-known figures resign from the board of directors.
    • Anticipated rounds of capital funding are reduced or canceled.
    • The stock price takes repeated hits.
    • There are spending and investment cutbacks.

    One survivor of the corporate wars summarizes the downward slope of bad news like this: “First the bigwigs say, ‘We’re in transition.’ Then they say, ‘We’re downsizing.’ Finally, they say, ‘We’re closing.’”

    Don’t work from a negative perspective but a realistic one as things change constantly. You can’t control it, only prepare for it.

    D.A. (Debra) Benton has been helping great individuals and organizations get even better for over 20 years. Just as exceptional athletes rely on excellent coaching to hone their skills, Debra's clients rely on her advice to advance their careers. She focuses on what is truly important to convert what you and your organization want to be from a vision into a reality. TopCEOCoaches.com ranks her in the World's Top 10 CEO Coaches noting she is the top female. And as conference keynote speaker she is routinely rated in the top 2%. Her client list reads like a “Who's Who” of executives in companies ranging from Microsoft, McDonald's, Kraft, American Express, Merrill Lynch, United Airlines, and PricewaterhouseCoopers to the Washington Beltway and U.S.Border Patrol. *She is the author of ten award-winning and best-selling business books including The Virtual Executive and CEO Material. She has written for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company. She has been featured in USA Today, Fortune, The New York Times, and Time; she has appeared on Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and CBS with Diane Sawyer. To learn more Debra advising leaders, coaching, facilitating a workshop, or speaking: www.debrabenton.com

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