December 11, 2002
off your duff and enjoy life's ride
Question: (E-011) I went on an international assignment
as part of my "high potential" cross training.
The assignment was cut short because the company decided
to close the office. I was then reassigned a lower-level
job because the company said, "There is nothing open
right now." It has been a year, and I have gone from
a rising star to a disgruntled, demoted employee.
should I do now?
Response: Sometimes we win and sometimes we finish
"out of the money." Life and work involve taking
your international assignment continued, you might have
re-entered the home office a conquering star. Now, we
will never know.
simply because this did not "work as planned,"
you must not choose the victim role. Search for the next
Edison did not succeed -- until hundreds of tries. Colonel
Sanders was 65 years old before his "special recipe"
launched Kentucky Fried Chicken. So, you fell off the
horse. Get back up, dust your demoted self off, and "get
only guarantee we have is death. Until then enjoy the
rewards (the education) that come from risk.
JIM BRACHER is founder of the Bracher
Center for Integrity in Leadership in Monterey. His column,
"Integrity Matters," appears Wednesday on the
Business page. Readers are invited to submit questions
on business-related ethics and values. Please write in
care of INTEGRITY to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
center's Web site is www.brachercenter.com.
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