So many movies operate under the premise that people ignore the signals that would have allowed them to not be devoured by the monsters, killed by the psychopathic axe murder or, otherwise, befallen horrible circumstances.

We never know when those signals are the ones that will send us off the professional cliff or just something that we can ignore.

It’s no wonder that we don’t take our health seriously when there is a little blip that shows up that feels different or seems different than before.

We’ve been conditioned to ignore such things in the time that we were little until today and now, when we ignore something, we run the risk of injuring ourselves and injuring our careers.

I know when I was still associated with the firm in New York doing recruiting there were two signals back to back— the first was not getting a return call about something that was important to me from one of my colleagues there. The second was withholding information about a deal situation that if I had known I could have fixed. I wasn’t told and someone lost an opportunity.

It was within 48 hours of the second event and 96 hours of the first that I was planning my exit. I’m glad I did.

At least get clarification about a professional situation that signals a problem. If someone pats you on the head and send you away there is a message in that about have you seen and, frankly, not seen.

That’s another signal.

 

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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