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“Help!” Don’t Navigate“ Your Career Transition Alone

I really don’t like to ask for help.

A couple of years ago, a section of gutter needed to be replaced on the back of our patio. After a trip to the hardware store—OK, it was three trips—I dragged out the ladder and got to work while my wife, son, and mother-in-law kept themselves busy in the yard. My wife offered to help a couple of times. I declined because “I’m a man and I don’t need help.” This is how things go, you know.

A few minutes later, I suddenly found myself lying in the mulch between the bushes, looking wide-eyed at the blue sky and wondering what had happened to the ladder that I was certain had just been firmly beneath me. Once I caught my breath, dusted myself off, and looked around to see if anyone had seen my near-death experience, my sweet and wise wife, through poorly stifled laughter, asked, “Now would you like my help?”

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There may be no experience more surprising, stressful, and painful than finding yourself where you didn’t expect to be: navigating a career transition. It can be downright scary to navigate it alone.

This morning while I was driving to work, I caught myself singing along with the Beatles and I thought, “I should be willing to use these words more often.”

See if you agree:

When I was younger, so much younger than today,

I never needed anybody’s help in any way.

But now these days are gone and I’m not so self-assured.

Now I find I’ve changed my mind. I’ve opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down.

And I do appreciate you being ‘round.

Help me get my feet back on the ground.

Won't you please, please help me?

“Help!” you might say. “I need somebody.” John Lennon and Paul McCartney would agree: You do need somebody. But, as they point out so wisely, “not just anybody.”

You need someone who has been there and who has helped others. At Rozzi and Associates, we can help you by sharing the tools, tips, tactics, and resources you need. If you are in the midst of a transition—even if you’re simply feeling unsettled and you’d like to make a transition on your own initiative—open up the door!

Don’t wait, like me, until you’re stunned and lying flat on your back. Ask for help before climbing the ladder.

Need help in navigating your career transition? Rozzi and Associates is here to help. Contact me for a free consultation at kevin@rozziandassociates.com.

Kevin Carr is a Senior Associate at Rozzi and Associates, a leadership and organizational development company helping good leaders become great! Our programs start with the premise that great leadership skills are a product of time, practice and focused development. Our leadership development, emotional intelligence insight and career management programs can be customized to meet your desired outcomes and needs.

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1 Lennon, J., & McCartney, P. (1965). Help! Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

Chris Rozzi