Chapter 3 Pg’s 82-83 Lead With Love By: Gerry Czarnecki
Just as you need to establish a disciplined process for assigning associates to the right job, so must you focus on your own assignment. Nothing is more disabling than a bad assignment. The psychological impacts of job unhappiness are well known and may even be under estimated considering you spend more time working than on any other activity. All work generates some stress, and responsible positions can generate high stress levels. If you are miserable, the added stress misery builds can have a devastating impact on both your mind and your physical health. In other words, it goes well beyond your job performance, though your job performance will certainly be affected.
In the event you are in an incorrect assignment, then you are likely to be damaging your career. Being assigned to the wrong job is no less a problem in your career than it is for your associates in their careers. Always make certain your assignment is a good fit for you. How do you know if an assignment is a good fit? The best way is to know your strengths and weaknesses and how those relate to any given position. This is no simple task. It is not easy for most of us to objectively evaluate ourselves. We either do not want to really know our own weaknesses or we have a tendency to always view our weaknesses as some type of strength.
When you are evaluating whether a new position is a good fit from your perspective, be honest with yourself. If you happen to be impatient, and you know patience is truly a requirement for the job, then do not allow yourself to take on the assignment without understanding how you will deal with this shortcoming. Otherwise, you are likely to find yourself in trouble quickly. The trouble will manifest as a failure to perform or as physical health problems because of the added stress of working at a job that is a bad fit—or both. Even if you can do the job, you must also consider whether it is one that truly fulfills you. Making the wrong choice in this light may have much fewer disastrous short-term consequences to your career, but it can be terribly stressful nonetheless.
What should you do if you find yourself in a job that is a bad fit? Get out of the mismatch. In the short run, you may be able to do the job, but in the long run, you are probably going to lose the ability to achieve peak performance. Get out while you still are excited about your work. Once your excitement has waned, the boss will notice and you will be at risk of losing your job anyway.
The key point here is to let go of the past. Make certain you are prepared to leave a job that is wrong for you. There is no substitute for job satisfaction from a job that fulfills a long-term goal. As Spencer Johnson says in his best-selling book, Who Moved My Cheese?, “The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.”