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How to Survive a Revolving Door of New Bosses

Do you have a new boss every couple of years (or every couple of months)?  

In an ideal world this would be because you’re so awesome you keep getting promoted (yay!), but for most of us it’s because our boss gets promoted, gets fired or quits (boo!).  This usually leaves you feeling frustrated and exhausted because you’re shifting gears according to your new leader, every single time.

If you think the revolving door of bosses is negatively affecting your career, you’re not alone. Rest assured, there are things you can do to turn a morale killer into a potential career booster.

  1. Be sure to invest in the relationship, even if you think it’s going to be a short-term one.  Build a relationship with each and every new boss, even if you see early signs that things won’t work out.  Even in the short term, you can build credibility and bridges that will help you long term.

  2. Be a continuous learner.  Just because you have a new leader all the time, doesn’t mean your career growth should suffer.  The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to take ownership of your career yourself.  My favorite way to do this is to reflect on your strengths and areas of development.  Then, proactively learn new skills that will help in those areas.  

  3. Maintain the relationship – even post departure.  Sometimes you have a new leader you’re super excited about and they simply don’t stick around.  Just because they left your team or the company all together, doesn’t mean the connection has to stop.  Proactively engage with them and hold yourself accountable (or get an accountability partner) to help make sure you maintain the connection with consistent touch points at a future date


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The corporate world needs that unique gift that only you bring. So go out into the world, act with conviction, be courageous and live joyfully every single day.

XO, Adwoa

Adwoa Dadzie is a Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast and a Millennial Corporate Career Thought Leader.

The views expressed in this post are Adwoa’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.


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