This doesn’t mean going through the action of burying the pain only to have it pop up at different times in our lives as unresolved conflict. It means facing the facts and the emotions surrounding the situation, learning from the experience, and then moving beyond it.
I learned the importance of getting back into the game without letting too much time pass when I was a new manager.
One of my direct reports was an intelligent, analytical type who preferred his own company. One afternoon while I was doing paperwork at a corner table in the company’s cafeteria, I saw Ricardo at the far end of the room deep in conversation with one of our VPs.
It turns out that Ricardo had been a senior operations manager with this VP at another company. He had made a gutsy decision in his new role and when it failed to meet the executive team’s expectations, they came down hard on Ricardo. So hard, in fact, that he never fully recovered from the fifteen-year-old pain.
Tips on Getting Your Mojo Back
Building lifetime resiliency begins with muscle-building exercises before you need to lift the heavy weights. If there’s something in your past that you did or didn’t do and find your career sidelined because of it, here are a few exercises to help strengthen flabby muscles and get you back in the game.