always been a big fan of change.
I’ve lived in five different states (and countless states of
I’ve been a retail slut, a disk jockey and even installed telephones
for Ma Bell before the breakup.
Change is good; it keeps you alive and learning new stuff.
However there’s a reluctance to change when it comes to careers.
Sheeeesh…how 20th century.
a new world now; we’ve changed the very definition of careers and jobs.
Loyalty is to “Brand Me” and not toeing the line for the company,
or at least so says Tom Peters, Faith Popcorn and Laura Berman Fortgang
(if the names aren’t familiar get ye hither to Amazon and search on
The good news is we’ve redefined the “job hopping” and most employers
see variety in short-term jobs (two to three years) as desirable.
old adage of 20 years in the same company is outa here as evidence of
Hell, companies aren’t stable and those that are aren’t keeping
Why should we expect the work force to be stable?
And why do you think they call it “Fast Company?”
To grow means to go.
we will, and quickly.
We’re living in dog years.
That means the “seven year itch” is now only 12 months long;
at least in a dot com world, maybe 24 months in traditional environs.
I’ll be gracious and tell you three to five years is the max
time you should spend in one company even if you move between divisions
or gain other responsibilities.
You’ve got to stretch to grow, experience different cultures,
learn from and deliver on others mistakes, see the world (c’mon it’s
better than joining the Navy…).
rules have changed and if you’re gonna play the game you better play
Here are a few ideas to keep you at the top.