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Looking at the importance of being true to yourself, of knowing when despite a whole raft of plus points, if your heart is not in it, if you have taken this stage of your journey as far as you can, then it may be time to move on.
When we write and speak about employee engagement, the overwhelming volume of advice is aimed at employers. But there is a second very important side to engagement and that is the individual themselves. Engagement, teamwork, the employer/employee partnership; call it what you will but there has to be two mutually beneficial sides to any relationship or inevitably something will give.
The truth is that even in the strongest of relationships, even when there is fantastic camaraderie and a great sense of teamwork there may come a time when it is right to move on. Sometimes the catalyst is an outside event, other times it may simply be a growing realisation that the relationship which gave so much for so long is not the right one to take you on the next stage of the journey.
In business this concept manifests itself in myriad ways: in leaders who step down when they feel that they have done all they can and that the next stage of the journey belongs to someone else; in employees who look to move on, to broaden their knowledge and experience elsewhere; and in customers who look elsewhere when the relationship no longer delivers as it once did.
In the wider world we’ve seen David Cameron acknowledge this week that he feels that two terms as leader of a party should be enough and that it would then be time for others to move the journey on. And we’ve also seen the decision by Zayn Malik to quit worldwide pop sensation One Direction. In a statement Zayn said “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.”
These two examples epitomise the importance of being true to yourself, of knowing when despite a whole raft of plus points, if your heart is not in it, if you have taken this stage of your journey as far as you can, then it may be time to move on.