Project Management

5 Ways to Be More Intentional With Job Changes

Lonnie Pacelli is an Accenture/Microsoft veteran with four decades of learnings under his belt. He frequently writes and speaks on leadership, project management, work/life balance, and disability inclusion. Reach him at [email protected] and see more at

One of my favorite family movies is Mary Poppins. My grown kids will still tell you that my favorite part was watching Dick Van Dyke’s character Bert dance with the animated penguins. (Even as I type this, I have a smile on my face just thinking about his facial expressions as he flopped around in his sagging pants.)

 Aside from Van Dyke’s talent as a dancer, there was something else about Bert’s character that interested me: Bert was a one-man band, chalk artist, chimney sweep, and kite salesperson. The jobs had little in common other than the fact that Bert had skills that enabled him to perform each job.

While Bert may have been happy doing each of the jobs, it doesn’t appear on the surface that there was any intentionality to his job choices. Having a wayward approach to career changes worked great in the movie, but it might not work so well in your professional life.

Throughout my career, I’ve been truly blessed to have worked at Accenture (way back when it was the consulting division of Arthur Andersen & Co.), Microsoft and now my wife Patty’s and my consulting and publishing business.

  • At Accenture, I was able to do a wide range of projects in industries such as oil and gas, hard goods and food distribution, aerospace, technology, and logistics. I learned about systems development and deployment, procurement, …

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