Monday, February 22, 2010

3D Juggling 466: How many ducks are there in your row?

Claire writes: "When you buy a house, although you make many different choices, on the morning of the move, you can't get through the new front door unless all the money is in the right place, the right paperwork has been signed and the right people have the keys. By then there have been surveys and mortgage applications, estimates and guesstimates. In house moving all your ducks need to be lined up in a row or the sale falls through.

If only life was like that in the world of career development. Our experience is that people are reluctant to make a move because all their ducks aren't lined up. And that causes inertia. Suddenly: 'I'd like to retrain' becomes 'I'd like to retrain but then will I get a job and will I have to move and...?' Whereas with a house move, it's all or nothing, with a career move you will always have to take a risk.

Think about variables eg location, time, financial security, employability, plan B:
What things REALLY need to be fixed?
What are flexible/ mobile/transferable?
You will never get all your ducks lined up in a row! How many is enough? Probably more than one... and less than all!

So if you're in inertia, how many ducks are there in your row?

PS Where does this come from? Some people say the ducks in a row comes from funfair games.

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