Are you a Big Banger or Plate Spinner?

Published: 2 April 2012

28,800 seconds, 480 Minutes, 8 Hours a day, whichever way you cut it that’s a long time to spend doing something you don’t love. I speak regularly to otherwise sane technology professionals who do it every day.

Why? Put bluntly, they’re in the wrong kind of role.

Alex Richardson of the Berwick Partners IT Leadership Practice shares some thoughts on careful career moves.

“I’m looking for a new challenge” is probably the most frequent reason I’m given for candidates looking to change roles, but is that really the reason? Or were they actually in the wrong role to begin with? Is it just that they have realised that you can’t get that time back and a change is now required?

So what am I trying to say?

If they are honest, technology leaders will find themselves at one or other end of the change dynamic; Do they prefer to keep the plates spinning, the lights green and users happy and smiling? Or do they like the big bang, the thrill of the chase, a hard job well done? The euphoria which comes from implementing a new technology on time to budget?

This is a gross simplification of course. Some operational roles will have enough project responsibility to keep the adrenaline junkies happy. Whilst some project roles will bubble along nicely with enough smiling users to keep the most ardent service evangelist glowing.

However, that’s not the point. The question is; what really motivates you? And does your current role match your motivations? If not, then how many more 28,800 seconds are you going to waste before you look at a new opportunity? And when you do look at a potential new role, is there the right motivational fit from that opportunity? Or are you just in it for the pay rise, job title, kudos or an easy life?

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