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Monday, October 17, 2011

Career Change is Hard

After over 13 years of work at a fiber optic manufacturing company I am making a change.  Today, I start a new role in quality for an innovative technology company. I guess you could say my enthusiasm for continuous learning and my desire to make a difference go the best of me.  It was finally time to make a change and try something different.

Like the change I talk about on this site all the time career change can be fraught with both enjoyable excitement and nervous anxiety. Even if we are fearful, we crave change: the opportunity to try something new, to build on what we know, to stretch our professional muscles.

Change causes stress and stress drives everything from a species to a company to an individual to make adaptive and evolutionary change.  So why is change so hard for us?

Change calls for adjustments.
Change can create an environment of insecurity.
We're set in our ways.
A feeling of being unprepared.

Yet change is the only real constant in life. Change is part of everyday living. It should be expected and anticipated. Change just for the sake of change is not good. However, change in the right direction can produce tremendous success! John Wooden said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

This new career development will result in some changes around here.  Most things that everyone enjoys will remain.  I will continue the Friday Lean Quote, the Monthly Round-up, the Daily Lean Tips, and the Weekly Lean Photo.  What will changes is some of the content and the frequency.  I tend to write about my experiences along my journey so as my experiences change in this new role so will the content.  It will likely include some more quality elements in the Lean Thinking toolkit.  I really enjoy sharing with all of you but as you can imagine it takes a considerable amount of time.  I have posting 4-5 times a week and with this change will be targeting 2-3 posts per week.

Change is hard but not impossible and in this case necessary. I am sure you will still find the same value you have come to enjoy here on A Lean Journey Blog.

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  1. best of luck in your new position Tim

  2. Tim -

    I wish you the best of luck on your new endeavor. I'm sure you will do very well and I look forward to your posts based on those experiences.