As it turns out, the career advice I have been dispensing all this time may be wrong. When asked what to look for in a new job, I often tell people to focus their attention on the manager: What can you learn from them?
If we are serious about inclusion, collaboration, teamwork, mental health, adaptability, fulfillment, and purpose, we have to go deeper. We need to rethink learning. To build a human workplace where both people and profits soar, we need to build learning cultures around self-awareness and peer conversations.
This fall, in the span of about 30 days, a number of my closest friends left their jobs. It all happened in such a short window of time I was convinced that Mercury was in retrograde. There were a variety of reasons my friends gave but most centered around wanting to grow, make a greater impact somewhere else or join a new community of inspiring people.