7 Signs your Career has Stalled

Have you ever seen that movie with Bill Murray called Groundhog Day, where he’s living the same day over and over? Does it sometimes feel like that’s you living the same day over and over at work? If that’s the case your career may have stalled.

These are 7 signs your career may have stalled:

1. You’ve been in the same role for a number of years and you haven’t been promoted

2. It’s been quite a while since you learned something new at work or felt challenged in your role

3. You keep being overlooked for new opportunities

3. People around you have been promoted faster than you

4. The only way you can move up is if your boss retires

5. You dread going to work in the morning

6. Your performance reviews are about how you “meet expectations” and to continue doing what you’re already doing

7. Your not invited to the important meetings you use to be and nobody seeks you out for your advice

If you’re still not sure, Caroline McHugh in her TED talk, The Art of Being Yourself, asks “do you have 15 years experience or one year experienced 15 times?”. If that sounds like you, it’s time to make some changes.

The first step to solving this problem is to stop blaming others and realizing if you want things to change then it’s up to you. You need to change your negative attitude to a positive one of action. Once you’re ready you could:

  • approach your boss about taking on new challenges and opportunities
  • get a coach to help you navigate your way around your career blockers
  • take a leap and change jobs or maybe even your career

Whatever you choose, stop reliving your Groundhog Day. Take a step forward to a positive change in your career.


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1. Download Rachel’s White Paper on Surviving to Thriving.

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4. Work with Rachel by joining her Surviving to Thriving coaching program. Contact Rachel for an information pack.


Leadership Lessons from Football Legend David Parkin

It’s AFL finals time and I’ve been reminded of a session at the Family Business Australia State conference I attended a few months ago where AFL football legend David Parkin was the keynote speaker. He’s gotten himself in trouble many times, but there’s no doubting that he’s been apart of and lead some high performing teams. He knows a thing or two about leadership.

Parkin shared 2 fundamental things that he believes make a great leader:

1. Passion for getting the job done

If you’re not 100% committed people can sense it. Being a great leader is all about the attitude you bring. You need to first understand your own motives, do this through conversations with a friend or mentor and asking yourself questions like Why are you here? where are you going? How are you going to get there? You need to understand what’s important in your life before you can inspire and educate others. Start by being you and work on your strengths.

Parkin also spoke about a mindset of continuous improvement and mentioned a quote by another successful player and coach, Alastair Clarkson “There is always a better way to do tomorrow what you do extremely well today.” The message being don’t be complacent, you can always do better and be open to making changes for the better, even when you’re at the top of your game.

2. Care and understanding for people

Parkin is of the view that the care and understanding for employees or team members needs to extend beyond the role they’ve been employed to do. Great leaders understand what the individual team member wants and where they want to be. The leader is responsible for helping work out how they can do it within the framework of the organisation. The goals are mutually beneficial.

Scientific research supports this view, employees whose purpose and goals are aligned with the organisation are more engaged and motivated (Jodi L Berg). Parkin also referred to research in sport, stating that players performed better when they have other activities in their lives and they’re not 100% focussed on playing.

Underpinning these two leadership ingredients of passion and care for others, is the culture great leaders foster. Creating a culture built on trust and good relationships allows people to be more open and honest in their feedback for the betterment of the individual and the team.

Understanding what team members are looking for in a leader creates a great leader. They have a good sense of awareness. According to Parkin, team members look to leaders to:

  • engage with them beyond what you pay me to do now
  • teach me the skills to do my job well
  • coach me and give me feedback
  • support me, roll up your sleeves and help out in times of pressure.

Let’s see if the leaders of the AFL teams stand up during the pressure of finals time.