Transitioning has become a way of life for many career professionals. This is especially true if you target leadership roles and consulting opportunities in the land of start-ups and working with entrepreneurs.
Some of the negatives of transitioning are summed up in lack of financial security, less control of outcomes and a life full of constant change for you and your loved ones.
The positives of transitions are the experience gained, the continuous learning from success and failures and of course the valuable connections and colleagues who become life-long partners in your professional journey.
For me, transitioning is what I expect and what I know. It is my way of life.
Coming out of college, it was always suggested that you find a “good” job and stick with it. You ride the elevator up to the top, upgrading your positions and taking on more responsibilities along the way. There are many people that like that steady climb or even like to take a job and find sanctuary in the stability of staying put.
I soon learned that riding on the same elevator for very long did not provide me a lot of challenge and was difficult for a pure opportunist. My ascent to leadership was early in my career. I was fortunate. It was my belief the more responsibility you gained riding up the chain of command, the more commitment you had to affect change, push for progress and even disrupt the “norms” of cultural beliefs and thinking.
I also learned that if you push too hard for improvements or change, you might soon find a transition in your near future. It is disruptive and challenging to businesses, big and small.
Why have I anointed myself the Transition Queen? It is my career path and my journey. It is also my value proposition. I have seen, experienced and learned more through multiple transitions of which most people never see in a lifetime. Transitions from mergers, transitions from completing multiple C-level consulting projects as a business owner and transitions in roles that hit the proverbial end of the road for me — I have experienced them all.
The first decade of my transitions were emotional and met with uncertainty. Today, I wear my transitions as badges of honor. I get to do more, learn more, meet more people, find new ways to make a difference. I realize now that transitions are opportunities to grow and face new challenges.
My honorary Transition Queen title is worthy of the rich experience and expertise gained along the way. Working in multiple industries, driving change in big and small organizations and finding solutions to meet consumer and business needs are immeasurable when collectively stored in one person.
My problem solving skills are keener, my view of what can be done is brighter. I am confident I can help. I am certain more can be done. I have worn multiple leadership hats and I know there is always a similar process and methodology that can be applied to increase market share, grow revenues, commercialize products and create solid infrastructure.
I relish the transition. I seek it and sometimes even push for it to happen, or as I say to achieve my “self-fulfilling prophecy” to move on. My ability to help others move faster and achieve more is my driver. A motivator. It is my life blood. Change yes, change now, absolutely. In the end, I have come to accept I am The Transition Queen.
Now, on to the next big thing!