This client journey has been disguised and may contain links to member-only content.It seems that there is a growing tendency for technical careers to stall. Worse than that, as they start to falter, the typical responses tend to make matters worse. One individual I spoke with had noticed his career slowing down over the last 3-4 years. His level of influence declining, despite being one of the best in his field, and working at a global level in one of the big consultancies. His attachment to his expertise is now becoming a career limiter and he needs to move away from the notion that his results will speak for themselves. Another, Ana, came to me at the beginning of December. She felt she was drifting. Unsure what to do. In summary:
- She is technical through and through. Superb analyst, intuitive grasp of strategy, and working with the most senior people in her division.
- Having survived various restructures, she is now positioned in an operational team who have little understanding of what she does – and that includes her boss!
- Without the right position in the hierarchy, she is struggling to exert the necessary influence to get stakeholders implementing her ideas, for the good of the company.
- She wants to continue to pursue her technical career, and doesn’t want to move into a leadership role. Yet, most of the career paths in her organisation seem to be biased towards leadership.
- She feels that the politics get in the way of doing the right thing.
- Her work is of massive strategic importance although right now, most seniors seem to be fire-fighting and not attending to the medium-term (let alone the long-term) development of the business.
- Ana wants to add more value, and be recognised and valued in return.