Imagine this…You started out in a position where you grew into the role and eventually just loved your job. You got to do what you loved every day. You applied your talents, skills, knowledge and you were highly engaged, productive and happy in your role. Maybe you were a nurse and got to serve patients every day, or maybe you were a teacher and you loved curriculum design, or maybe you were a mechanic and you loved working on cars. Then one day, someone said to you….You are so great at what you do we’d like to promote you to be a manager, supervisor, principal, or some other title of leadership.
It feels like such a compliment. As you grow in your role you find yourself spending less time doing what you love and not falling in love with the tasks of being a manager. In fact, you find yourself burning out. One day you wake up and say secretly, “I know the team needs me right now but I sure wish I was still a………nurse, teacher, mechanic, __________”. This is the Peter Principle. People get promoted right out of their greatest talents and strengths and end up in roles that are not a great match to their talents. [Read more…]