Back in the rocken’ world of business before the bust, pundits cautioned against turning down any career move. And turning down a promotion? It was like the kiss of death.
The common wisdom about turning down a promotion was this one:
“I do not think it’s wise to decline a promotion because doing so will stall your career,” she cautions. “Your company has an agenda. And to the fullest extent possible, it’s important to align yourself with it.”I’ll just pass on the need to align yourself with the company agenda to the fullest extent possible; I’m into making sure the company is aligned with my agenda when I join up. Otherwise, I’m just saluting whether I believe in the agenda or not.
But, what about the career move that made so much sense not so long ago? A move to another state. Or a promotion to another country.
Any career move today that takes you away from your current home to another has a few more considerations outside of your career. The environment has changed:
Turning down a career move is a big risk, for sure. If your management team doesn’t get the costs of moving away now and penalizes you for turning the move down, you are probably working in the wrong place anyway.
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