The job is safe. It’s secure. I know it.  It pays well. That’s what I hear from people when they talk about staying at a job that no longer challenges them.  They offer these as reasons  for staying in a job they don’t like and not doing something else. They say they will make a change some day.  Some day?  Do they know how long they will live?  Do they know when they will die? Do they think they will…

It’s complacency, lack of courage, and fear that keep us stuck where we are Start taking small steps towards the life you want.  Talk to a friend in another department about a transfer.  Invite a new colleague to join you for lunch. Ask the waiter to take the burnt lamb chop back to the kitchen for the rare one as you requested. Small steps lead to larger steps.  Courage builds up over time, especially when your courage has positive results….

My client, Jake Kincaid, headed a pharmaceuticals firm in Japan when I worked as his consultant on workplace issues. He wanted to implement cost-cutting measures, and he told me he couldn’t understand the Japanese people who worked for him. The company’s employees were resisting change, he said. He couldn’t get them to fully implement cost-cutting measures. How come? Jake had overheard a group of employees complaining about his full time driver and limousine—one of the perks of his job. The…