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Is It Time to Break Up With Your Job?

13 Jul. 2012 Posted by lisa in Q&A, innovation, change

Here's a question I received this week:

"When do you know the relationship between you (the librarian) and your library (your place of work) is over?"

As someone in the business of innovation, I'm often approached by fellow information professionals frustrated by the creative limitations of their organizational culture. What do you do? How do you know when it's time to move on?

I decided to answer this colleague swiftly, trusting that an immediate response would be the freshest. This was my reply.

  1. Are you creatively engaged there?
  2. Do you feel that you are valued for your strengths and encouraged to grow & develop as a professional?
  3. What are the working relationships like? Are you learning from your peers and excited and nourished by the collaborations available to you?
  4. Do you feel like your work there has reached denouement? Are you still actively involved in projects that you want to see through / are invested in / care about?
  5. Does your career mission / priorities / trajectory still align with that of the workplace?

What would you add? What considerations have been important to you when making a job change? What would you do differently next time?

Reply via email ( or on twitter @lisacarlucci and share your thoughts.


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