I am at the point of my working career where effectively I don’t need to be managed, I know my role, I know how to behave and I am also very aware of what will happen if I don’t perform. I have learned to ask what the priorities to the business are and I work to them accordingly, senior people within the organisation know I will get things done if given an open road and the opportunity to deliver.
With certain professions there comes a certain point in time where you have to take a step back and think am I still as effective as I once was, when professionals such as footballers and athletes face this question they often take up management or coaching roles which enables them to mentor the new talent that is coming through their profession, though this usually does not happen overnight.
I feel that am fast approaching the professional crossroads of my career, I regularly ask myself, Am I as effective as I once was? Am I still relevant? My current answer is yes, but I am aware that technology is constantly evolving and soon technology will creep up on me and when it does, it will mean that I will have to learn an entirely new set of skills, at which point I will ask myself the same questions. Am I as effective as I once was? Am I still relevant? This time I will probably answer No.
In preparation for the next phase of my career, I need to find myself a mentor, one who can help to prepare me for the future, so that when I do move into more of corporate management role, just as I now don’t need to be managed, I will know my role and what is expected of me, albeit from a totally different perspective.
So to all the current managers out there, by enabling someone else to do your job, you too maybe able to succeed further – but perhaps only if you also have a mentor.
Originally posted on: linkedIn