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073: Lessons I Learned from Navigating Three Career Crossroads

At some point in time, we all come to a crossroads. A decision has to be made between two paths that has long term implications on the direction of our careers.

I have encountered a number of these crossroads throughout my career to date.  In today’s show, I share three such examples, the decisions I took (and why), and then I reflect on the lessons that I learned so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes as I did!

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“Do not suffer in silence, but be pragmatic.  Don’t throw around demands, but speak from the heart and if your leadership team are genuine about wanting to keep you around, they will find a way – be it a promotion, special projects, or more responsibilities.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • My 5 steps to break free from a stalling procurement career:
    • Undertake a self-assessment
    • Change your mindset – you are a business of 1
    • Undertake independent self-development
    • Develop your personal brand
    • Seek a new challenge
    • Could you use substitute products or services
  • Key learnings that I took from three different career crossroads
    • A non existent relationship with a manager
    • Taking the wrong job
    • Hi-potential but no sign of career progression

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About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.