As noted in last month’s newsletter, among our clients, the “better question folks” enjoy disproportionate success. A key to career success often involves taking a step back and assessing things from a different perspective than many of your colleagues.
The first of the eight questions we proposed last month was the following: “If I were offered the opportunity, would I invest any of my personal assets in my organization?” If your answer to this question ranged somewhere between “Not so sure” and “You’ve got to be kidding me,” here’s a set of questions for your consideration:
1. What is it about your organization that makes it a poor choice for investors?
2. What would it take to turn this situation around?
3. What role can your department (or function, location, etc.) play in improving the attractiveness of your company to investors?
4. What does this suggest about the measures and analysis you should be providing to your CEO, Board of Directors, and investors, that would help move your organization in the right direction?
And consider this bonus question: Given your answers to all 12 proposed questions, what role can you play in improving the attractiveness of your company to investors? Consider possible options for how you might take that path in the days and weeks ahead. (And if your answer is “none” then you are either working in a hopeless situation, or you have become complacent. In either case, a change of scenery may be in order.)