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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Nicholas

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. - Rumi

Executives, are you yearning for more professional growth in your current role? Do you sense untapped leadership opportunities waiting to be explored beyond your present confines? Are you finding Mondays increasingly challenging as you navigate a job that no longer fuels your creativity and drive?

If you're feeling like your career has hit a plateau while your aspirations continue to soar, you're not alone. I've worked with clients who've faced similar crossroads, and their journeys have been nothing short of transformative.

Take one of my clients, for example. About a year ago, he was disheartened by the direction his career had taken. Early in his CTO role, he was invigorated by the challenges of his recent promotion. He thrived on learning, pioneering technology innovations the company hadn't even dreamed of, assembling dynamic and motivated teams, and cultivating valuable relationships, both internally and externally. His IT department was instrumental in propelling the company forward, and he felt personally fulfilled. Life was great.

However, fast forward four years, and things had changed. The pace of executive change management had slowed considerably. Financial pressures brought heightened scrutiny to IT spending, resulting in project cuts and closed positions. The enthusiasm had waned. "IT strategy feels like an afterthought," he lamented.

The truth is, sometimes the role you initially accepted can become one that no longer resonates with you. Companies evolve, priorities shift, and new external forces emerge. Jobs have shelf lives, and perhaps yours has reached its expiration date.

If you still have plenty of ambition and energy in reserve, yet your current role or environment feels constricting, it's time to explore new horizons. Sometimes, the simple act of reimagining your career can reveal overlooked opportunities.

That's precisely what happened with my client. Through our collaboration, he embarked on a side venture, advising smaller companies on crafting winning IT strategies. His expertise caught the attention of a Venture Capital firm, leading to an offer to oversee a group of CIOs within their portfolio.

As is often the case, his path became clearer with each step he took. 

If you're on the lookout for your next big opportunity, let's connect. 

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