At the beginning of a fresh, new year, there may be no better advice to managers and leaders than this:

Invest in Your Own Growth

Other people have likely invested in your personal and professional development. You have reaped the benefits of their teaching, training, coaching, advising and mentorship. But as your career progresses and as you take on greater leadership responsibilities, there are fewer people investing in you – and more people looking for you to invest in them.

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The only constant in business is change.

On the Managing to Make a Difference podcast, we’ve been talking about how managers can make a difference in the face of organizational change, and our latest podcast might be the single topic that makes people most uncomfortable taking action on people issues.

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You want to be a rising star in your company, but your meteoric rise can peter out, literally, if you get Peter Principled. The Peter Principle states that people get promoted to their level of incompetence because their promotions are based on their performance in the current role, instead of on their potential to excel in the next role.

To keep growing on a steep trajectory and avoid getting stalled out by the Peter Principle, find ways to start taking on some of the responsibilities of the next level and see how they fit with your strengths before you ask for that promotion. Here’s a checklist of things you can be doing to ‘try on’ the next level and see how it fits:

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Today’s managers and leaders are operating in an environment in which the pace of change is faster than ever before. The question is not if you’ll need to help people transition through change but when. And oftentimes change is so rapid and constant that, “When will we not be changing?” might be a more appropriate question.

In this week’s podcast we’re discussing why and how managers make a difference by overcommunicating about change and intentionally preparing for an unknowable future as we explore questions like:

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Are you in a situation like this? Your work was exciting when you started this job, but the shine has worn off over time. You’re bored. It’s a good paying job with a good company. You like your manager and the people with whom you work. But that doesn’t make the work any less boring. Should you start looking for another job?

Changing jobs isn’t your only choice. There’s no guarantee that you won’t experience the same kind of boredom after a short time at a new job. But that doesn’t mean you should settle for boredom either. Boredom with your work should be a signal that you need to engage in some self-reflection and make some changes. Here’s what you can do:

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