One of the biggest challenges in a career decision involves identifying your company’s real agenda, which may be out in the open, deliberately hidden or just not articulated clearly. For example:
Recently “Bernard” was offered a truly amazing opportunity in a new company. His boss encouraged him to turn it down, setting up some compensation and promising more. Soon afterward his boss left to take a job with the very company Bernard had considered. Was this move deliberate? Did the boss want to keep the job for himself? We’ll never know, although Bernard has his suspicions.
“Tina” became frustrated with the results of her interview for a new job – till she realized the company had already made up its mind and was going through the motions. The HR department insisted they interview three people.
“Jim” emailed me when he got a poor performance review. I can’t give advice as a quick response to an email, but they can hire me for dome coaching. I also have an ebook on performance reviews. One challenge is to identify the hidden agenda. Can you genuinely recover and have a career or are you doomed? Does your company culture support a strong reply or will you be better off, in the long run, with silence?