Nancy, Former Vice President of Operations
Nancy cofounded an event planning company, where she worked and grew her career and the company for over 20 years. When she realized she wanted more autonomy, she left her role as VP and began exploring new opportunities.
on this episode
Ever since remote work gained acceptance in 2020, flexibility has been all the rage. Now you hear it offered as a perk from organizations that allow their employees to “work from anywhere” but it turns out… that’s not really the full picture of what people are looking for. There’s often a much deeper need here: Autonomy.
It’s not just about where you work, but also about the freedom to decide what, when, how, and why you work. A lack of any of these components can seriously impact your job satisfaction and make you feel like you’re not in control of your career.
Nancy had co-founded an event planning company where she worked and grew her career, and the organization for over 20 years. Around 15 years in, she began craving more control over how she led her team and how she balanced work and family.
So, she took the brave step of having a really difficult conversation with her co-founder and CEO. She explained that she was no longer enjoying her role and would be leaving the company to explore new opportunities that could provide her with more autonomy.
This podcast episode dives into Nancy’s career in event planning, how she pushed herself to have difficult conversations with her CEO, but primarily her current career crossroads.
Nancy has done an amazing job of putting in the work to figure out what an ideal career looks like her for, but now she has to decide between two enticing opportunities. Should she take a more demanding full-time role aligned with her aspirations, or stick with the flexibility and autonomy of a contractor gig?
You’ll hear Scott walk her through navigating this tough decision, as they come up with a game plan on how she can figure out which role is the right fit for her.
Next week, in episode 533, Nancy returns to the podcast to discuss how she took action and figured out which opportunity was right for her.
What you’ll learn
- Why autonomy is often the key to job satisfaction
- How to handle having tough conversations about career aspirations
- Scott’s tips for figuring out which role is right for you when you’re stuck between multiple opportunities
- How to use your ideal career profile to empower you to ask for what you want
Thank you both for inspiring me to always ask, "Why NOT me?" and stick to my values for what I want for my life. I couldn't be happier and more excited for this new life!
"When I started I was afraid of making the wrong decision! My career was incredibly important to me and I didn't want to screw it up or waste time making a move I wouldn't enjoy! Scott helped me learn what my strengths are and what is most important to me… but more important than that I learned about what I can't stop doing that I have to have in my work to make me happy"
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