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You May Be Making a Bigger Difference Than You Think

by Alli Polin on February 20, 2018

John came to talk with me because he was frustrated and wanted to quit his job. He’s smart, driven, creative, and as far as he’s concerned, doing crap work. It felt more like he was tasked with burning a budget instead of making a difference. 

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Most people think that the goal is to move up the invisible ladder they’re climbing until they get to the top. The challenge is that they don’t notice when the rungs change. The footholds that they mastered at the bottom of the ladder are dramatically different from the ones they need to acquire to keep climbing. 

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Things at work were stressful, to put it mildly. Stupid policy changes were getting in the way of doing great work. No matter where you turned, people were talking about the new policy and not saying nice things. The CEO put out clever messaging via the standard channels, but people weren’t buying what he was selling. It was ugly. 

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