Everyone needs a change sometimes. Whether you are looking to grow your talents, focus on your family, or find that better balance, thinking about a transition can be daunting…but it can also be motivating. Here are some tips to help ease transition, both for you and for those in your circle.
There is often panic when an organization experiences an executive vacancy. I hear board chairs frequently say, “I was hoping this wouldn’t happen on my watch!” Given that most nonprofits operate with lean staffing, board members face the real possibility they might have to step in and do management work because there is no surplus internal staff capacity. Boards, then, often feel forced to react immediately: How quickly can we fill this position? Who do we already know in this field? How quickly can we post the existing job description? Why not fill it internally with someone who already knows everything?
Finding a job that speaks to your passion can be stressful. Some people are anxious when they realize that their passions are difficult to identify, seem ambiguous or elusive, or feel non-transferable to actual jobs. Instead of trying to match your passion to your job, I suggest aligning your values with your work.