Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I handed in my notice three weeks ago to leave my position as HR director in a large corporation to work for an HR consultancy start-up of two people. I'm on gardening leave and due to start my new position in a fortnight. Instead of looking forward to a new adventure, I've found myself very anxious about having left the security of a big firm to join an unknown quantity at a very risky time. I've voiced my doubts to my new boss and she has been very reassuring, but am I about to make a huge mistake? My old company has already filled my position.

A: If I were your new boss, I too would be wondering if I'd made a huge mistake - in taking you on. The last thing she needs when trying to launch a start-up is a half-hearted, apprehensive member of the crew Start-ups, irrespective of the economic climate, need levels of conviction and commitment bordering on the irrational.

There's no going back. You've handed in your notice and your position has been filled. …

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