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How To Survive A Job Change Nightmare So Don’t Quit Within A Year

How To Survive A Job Change Nightmare So Don’t Quit Within A Year

It’s is your worst career nightmare! A super new job change that turns out to be not what you signed up for. The nice job title and great salary were perfect, however the job itself was not so.

No doubt about it, many corporate firms face a challenge recruiting the right talent. It’s also a big challenge for corporate employees to join the right firm. Even though the interview process gives you enough chance to connect, ask questions and figure out if the company would be the right fit for you, there’s nothing like experiencing the real thing.

What did you miss?

Remarkably, the departmental managers who seemed so smart and well drilled at the interviews can turn out to be far less efficient at doing their job. And then there’s a bunch of departments with conflicting priorities competing with each other. Or even worse the serious lack of clarity about the business processes.

The first 90 days in a company like this can feel like a very long time. And you may even wonder how did you end up in such a mess!

Sometimes these situations can lead to stress. If you’ve been a corporate employee for years like me, you’ll have seen colleagues suffering work related stress. It’s easy to get caught up due to tight deadlines, too much responsibility or a lack of managerial support. Some people try and tough it out, men and women. NO wonder they call us corporate soldiers!

But when you walk into a new job and this is what you experience after the initial ‘honeymoon period’, it can become your worst nightmare.

What perspective are you taking?

But here’s the thing: what if the problem is with you and not with the new company?

What! Yes, that’s right, what if the problem is you? Think about it, what if you are measuring your new company against your old one. It could be like comparing apples to pears. Maybe in your old company you had fancy offices, pleasant tasting coffee and a friendly buzzing environment; and the new office looks tired, the coffee stinks and the people seem more at conflict than connected.

Fair enough, but what if the problem is you?

Now, this may sound challenging to you, but how about it? Maybe, this is actually your time in life to grow to the next level. But, you are holding yourself back rather than releasing yourself from the past…

You are not alone

I remember a while back, a colleague, Pam and I changed jobs about a month apart. I’d gone in as a Senior Business Analyst and she’d joined as a Project Manager. There we were eager, excited and raring to help deliver projects, yet it seemed that the other departments were not quite as fired up as we were. It seemed as though ‘delivery focused’ meant something different in this firm. Frustration couldn’t sum up the situation enough.

The stress of working in this different way got to Pam, in the end and she went off sick for a few weeks. When she returned, she handed in her resignation.

What went wrong?

The main reason why Pam and other employees like her quit is a leadership issue. Self-leadership.

When we get out of alignment with our core strengths, we get vulnerable and start reacting to situations rather than responding. Instead of enjoying the challenge, we endure the problem. Rather than growing and becoming more we stay where we are.

You and I have the power to handle all the self-leadership opportunities that come our way. We have the power to work in any environment and deliver our best stuff no matter the change in circumstances we face.

We always have a choice…

  1. To quit
  2. Or to face the challenge head on using your winning formula

What is your winning formula?

How would you handle this new job challenge if it came your way? The simple answer is to be the best you, you can be.

Here’s a simple 3-step formula to help you do this:

  1. Get clear on who you are personally, professionally and psychologically – who are you when you are at your absolute best? The way you think, the way you connect, the way you behave…
  2. Show up to work in a 10 out of 10 way – when you operate at your best, you feel better about going about the day to day routine things. You prioritise, you focus and you deliver results
  3. Utilise all the success habits and routines that you’ve used in the past to help yourself and others!

This formula simple and effective and probably something you already know. The problem is people don’t always do what they know. So here’s your battle cry “let’s make it happen!”

So, what's next? 

Look- people like you and I change jobs every day. Some do it for money, some do it for status and some do it for more satisfaction in their life as a whole. Whatever the reason for change, you can succeed even in sub-optimal conditions. You have the power. You have the choice. You hold the key.

As the late Steven Covey stated, “there are two important circles in your life; the circle control and the circle of concern. The more you develop the circle of control, the less you have to worry about in the circle of concern.”

Be the self-leader you were born to be. And remember success starts on the inside.

Let’s make your next job change a success!

The Career Energiser

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Donovan Grant is a Master Coach who helps IT Professionals to be more powerful so they can have more productivity, progression and passion in life and career! For more training and development wisdom for IT Professionals by an IT Professional vistit www.donovangrant.com.

How To Fix Your Business Analyst Career Problems

Business Analysts are becoming a hybrid breed. If you’re a BA, you must have been at a networking session and when you’ve needed to deliver a snappy elevator speech in 15 words or less you’ve stuttered.

The challenge is not knowing what you do, the challenge is explaining it to someone else concisely before their eyes start to glaze over because they are mystified. Don’t worry BA’s, I can assure you that you are not alone.

In fact, I was reading a great post in one of the popular BA groups on LinkedIn this week and a similar question caught my eye:

“How do you see the Business Analyst role?”

Now, that may seem like a clear and concise question, however you wouldn’t believe the degree of activity it generated in the space of one short week.

This innocent question got a massive 396 Likes and 65 Comments and believe you me this was not like a mutual appreciation society. There were definitely divided opinions and I think, had this been a face to face discussion rather than virtual, there could have been a very high temperature meeting room!

It’s interesting that people were split into three major camps.

  1. Technical camp
  2. Spiritual camp
  3. Realists camp

Technical perspective of BA role

The technical camp were firmly rooted in what the day to day tasks were that a BA does. Some commenters dug deep and quoted from IIBA, while some were from the CBAP world.  You can probably hear these quotes ringing in the air now:

  • “A BA is a facilitator, investigator, problem solver and good Listener”
  • “Designing the solution or facilitating the design sessions”
  • “Identify the quick, medium and long term business solutions”

This is best summed up by the IIBA definition: “A BA is a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.”

Spiritual perspective of BA role

The spiritual camp came from a warmer and more sensitive perspective when describing the BA role. They gave you the sense that a BA was more of an artist rather than a technician. They shared ideas that would not have been out of place in a touchy feely self-development book:

  • “The organization's problem solver”
  • “Understanding the business pain and recognising an opportunity
  • “Being the 'bridge' between the business and IT”
  • “BA is a way of thinking irrespective of your job title”

Realists perspective of BA role

Well, the third and final group are best described as the realists ones (whether it was intended or not). They gave you the view that they were there to get the job done regardless of the challenges and names they got called.

  • “An underrated resource with an unintuitive title”
  • “So much more than an errand boy/girl for the IT department”
  • “We do the As-Is's (what the heck the plural for As-Is?)”
  • “Faces off to all parties of the development lifecycle not just throwing requirements over the fence”

The Future of the BA role

What is important for us now is how we want the role to be in the future. One thing for sure is that the BA Role is evolving along with the responsibilities for this role. There is not a one size fits all business analyst; the discipline is broken up into many different variations these days to meet the requirements of the business.

So, are there simply three traditional BA types? A Business Consultant, Business Analyst and a Systems Analyst or is there a better way to embrace the evolution as the industry changes around us.

Whatever gets decided, the business require professional people with business knowledge, strategies, techniques and personal characteristics who can deliver effectively. (For more about the BA Talent test CLICK HERE).

One commenter summed it up straight from the heart, “We need to distinguish the real Business Analysis experts from anyone who can memorise the BABOK by heart, pass the exam but utterly fails in real life projects and I know and have worked closely with CBAPs who have not the slightest clue about what they are doing. They just memorize very well.”

I’m sure we all share this sentiment and the BA role is very much alive.

Let’s keep the BA standards high!

How do you define your role in 15 words? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as the Business community needs your voice too.

Don't forget to take the BA Talents Test: Click Here.

Donovan Grant is a Master Coach Trainer who helps Business Professionals in the Payments & IT industry to win in business and life. He is also the creator of the BA Talent assessment. Visit www.donovangrant.com for more interesting insights and training.

If you’re a BA who would like to get your talent score CLICK HERE to take the test.

AboutDonovangrantDonovan helps Business Professionals in IT and Payments to get to the core of critical issues so they achieve great results in business and life. Clients make changes to help position them as leaders so they can over-deliver and stand out in a crowd.

What To Do When Your Career Is Out Of Balance

It’s no secret that many business professionals today face burnout, stress, and overwhelm. There is so much to get done with limited resources, while keeping up with technology and collaborating with an increasingly virtual and global teams.

Could this pain however, be self-inflicted?

You see, most business professionals have had great successes in their career. They have worked hard, been creative and earned respect of others for past achievements and most importantly, pushed themselves to new levels of capability.

The thing is at some point, what was once hard becomes easy and you may become less excited. What ultimately happens is you find yourself in a comfort zone where you are not really challenged or growing. It’s as if you have hit the upper limit in your current role and are just drifting through life with no certain aim.

I like the way the author Gay Hendricks describes it:

“Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure.”

In the past, people too often consider that burnout, stress and overwhelm are simply caused by working too hard. The solution for this, don’t work so hard or take some time off and then come back and don’t work so hard. Doesn’t this solution merely look at the symptoms of the problem rather the root cause?

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”  ~ Paulo Coelho

Would you be open to looking at it from another perspective?

What would happen if business professionals were to take a closer look at their own behaviour a little more closely? Maybe the problem is a little closer to home. In fact, a great statement I heard from a speaker once was: 

“if I’m the one with the problem, then I must be the one with the solution.”

Maybe you are reaching the upper limit on your inner thermostat today and feel a bit overwhelmed. If so, it might be the right time to pay attention to the 'message coming from the inside'. If that sounds a bit 'out there' for you, on a more practical note a period of self-reflection followed up with action might just be the thing you need right now.

Here are a few questions for you to reflect and answer in your quiet moment:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you assess your own levels of stress or overwhelm?
  2. What are the effects of this stress on your job satisfaction?
  3. How aligned do you feel personally with the company's vision, direction, mission, and values?
  4. What would happen in the future if you don't make any changes in your own behaviours?

Now what is the best decision for me to make?

As you look forward for the next 12 months, what is the most critical thing for you to resolve? Rather than thinking that it’s going to be pretty much the same as last year, it is time for you to step out of your comfort zone and into your greatness.

Also, remember to download your FREE “CAREER HEALTH ASSESSMENT” by clicking here.

Let's take control That is where the magic happens!

From my heart to yours


AboutDonovangrantDonovan helps Business Professionals in IT and Payments to get to the core of critical issues so they achieve great results in business and life. Clients make changes to help position them as leaders so they can over-deliver and stand out in a crowd.

Don’t Make These 8 Career Mistakes When You Change Career Role

By Donovan Grant

Are you secretly afraid of changing career in mid-career in case you mess up? I can so relate to that.

But before I say any more, an article from the City AM Business newspaper in January declared that “more than a third of UK workers – 37 per cent – are hoping to leave their current job in 2015.”

That’s a lot of people! 1 in every 3 people you meet. Maybe these people are not afraid of taking the leap or maybe they just decided it was time.

“Fear isn’t an excuse to come to a standstill. It’s the impetus to step up and strike.” ~ Arthur Ashe

One thing for sure though, if you’ve change role this year or are thinking about changing you’ll know the feel that a new start with fresh opportunities can bring. It can literally feel like breathing life into your career at any stage in life. It’s a great opportunity.

But, when we take a closer look many of these career transitions are not successful. Whether the change of role is internal or external, up to 50% of new hires fail in some way within 12 – 18 months.

"When new hires failed, 89% of the time it was for attitudinal reasons and only 11% of the time for a lack of skill." ~ Mark Murphy is the author Hiring for Attitude

Let’s look at eight mistakes that can harm a new career in the important first 100 days:

  1. Neglecting to clarify expectations. While the formal job description lists desired and essential requirements of you, there are also informal requirements that don’t get written on paper. Take the time to find out as much as you can about what your leadership really expects from you.
  2. Neglecting to understand your new manager including their style and needs. The first 100 days is the time to form a strong relationship with your new manager. What makes them tick? What drives them? How can you best adapt to their communication and decision-making style?
  3. Failing to build credibility and trust with your colleagues. Each employee is different. The first 100 days is an important time to assess your team and set strategies to engage with your colleagues.
  4. Being perceived as an oddity. Take the time to learn the culture and fit in.
  5. Connecting with the right players. The first 100 days gives you the opportunity to understand the informal power structure in the company. Who are the movers and shakers? Who are the coasters? Who is on their way out?
  6. Step on political landmines. Unless you are specifically expected to go in the company and shake a few sacred trees, tread wisely during your first 100 days.
  7. Taking hasty action without taking the time to learn. Give yourself enough time to observe and understand why things are the way they are. This is even more crucial for if you are a new manager.
  8. Failure to continue to grow. Marshall Goldsmith’s book title sums this up so well, “What got you here won’t get you there.” During your transition phase, be modest enough to identify new skills, knowledge, and relationships that will help you continue to advance in your career.

With the continuing change in workforce dynamics, it’s important that employees and freelancers at all levels change too. Treat your new role as if you were making a business case for the company to promote you. Assess where you are, how well you are doing and what you need to be doing differently to keep moving forward to your goal. As Tony Robbins says “set the game up so that you win.

In short, the only thing to be afraid of in career transition is that you don’t make these 8 mistakes too.

From my heart to yours


What is one mistake you’ve seen new hires make in the first 100 days?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below – you might just help save someone’s career.

To learn more about making effective transitions, contact us at donovangrant.com or send an email to info@donovangrant.com.

Remember to download our free “100 Day Career Transition Assessment” tool by clicking here.

AboutDonovangrantDonovan helps Business Professionals in IT and Payments to get to the core of critical issues so they achieve great results in business and life. Clients make changes to help position them as leaders so they can over-deliver and stand out in a crowd.

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How To Make Your Career Really Rock This Year

How To Make Your Career Really Rock This Year

By Donovan Grant

career transition

If you are serious about having a happy and successful career, RESEARCH YOURSELF.

Take note of what you do online, be aware of how you talk and in particular listen to what you say about life. Awareness, focus and distinction is a successful career plan.

Too many people in career transition have been blinded by motto of ‘have a great CV (resumé), interview skills, research the company and more. Before you realise it, you get caught up with all the external cosmetic stuff and you forget about what’s on the inside.

Who you are? What are you about? What do you want to do next?

As a speaker, coach and copywriter I've been privileged to work with some great people as they have struggled through career transition.  The most essential clue I can pass onto you is this- get to know yourself. Raise your awareness.

Focus on what makes you distinctive more than you focus about your colleague’s success, your lack of job prospects and how well written your CV is. It’s amazing, when you do this, your career vision will become clear, your life will have greater purpose, your quality of work will increase and you will have fun and success in your career transition.


From my heart.


Are you in career transition? What is the biggest challenge for you? Have you got a secret tip that you can share with our readers? Share your ideas in the comments below. We love to hear from you.

DG_1080lowsqDonovan Grant is a career transition & high performance coach, seminar leader and blogger. He brings a unique perspective to help clients who are stuck in career & life to make better decisions and get back in control. He is a committed leader who believes that we get more growth, satisfaction and happiness when we are using our strengths and doing what we love. www.donovangrant.com/contact-donovan


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