To Stay or Leave?

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Nov 12

I’m not a big fan of Jack Welch of GE CEO fame. Too much corporate rah-rah, nose to the grindstone, and 10% of you are gone every year whether you are a solid contributor or not.

But I have to agree with the commentary in this week’s Business Week on “Should you stay or should you go?” In it, rather than setting up criteria for determining if it is the right time to leave your job, he and Suzy Welch suggest asking four questions:

  1. Do you want to go to work every morning?
  2. Do you enjoy spending time with your co-workers or do they generally bug the living daylights out of you?
  3. Does your company help you fulfill your personal mission?
  4. Can you picture yourself at your company in a year?

I don’t know if it means that you should leave your current position if you only answer “no” to one of the questions or three. But answering “no” to all four should give you some pause and cause you to evaluate what makes sense for you in your current position.

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.