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What is the most difficult challenge you need to overcome when you are working in an organization for a longer time and want to switch to another role in different area?
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There are a few challenges you need to overcome when you are working in an organization for a longer time and want to switch to another role in another area within the same/external organization?
What's your most important challenge?
- Coming out of your comfort zone
- Fear of competing with SMEs in another area
- Fear of facing new boss/people
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Fear of facing a new boss and fear of facing new people will be the topmost on my list. I have established rapport with the current teams and know everyone. It is easier even to meet new people because I feel protected by my company and the familiarity of it's surroundings.
It's not so much coming out of my comfort zone. I am very comfortable meeting new people. It's about re-establishing relationships and it takes time to get to know people and work with them.
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1 reply by Naomi Caietti
Feb 25, 2017 3:40 PM
Naomi Caietti
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Fear is another way of say you are facing an obstacle. You need to overcome these and many other obstacles so it's good to recognize your challenge and make a plan to work toward overcoming these so they hold you back from great opportunities. I talk a lot about these challenges with actionable takeways in current webinars here on ProjectManagement.com. You can view my profile to listen to premium webinars here and take some notes.
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My biggest concern would be that others might consider me joining their group as competition so they might start compete with you rather than complementing you.
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I think that depends very much on the organization culture, whether changing roles is common or encouraged by the company. And then it depends on the person's character whether he/she wants to try new things, and volunteers the change. Mind you very often even you don't change role, the role itself evolves over time, maybe due to latest technology or method of doing business etc. So one should expect constant change of working environment anyway.
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Thanks for sharing your comments Deepesh, Rami, and Dominic.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 24, 2017 9:29 AM
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You're welcome Parag.
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My biggest concern would probably be establishing credibility. I might be completely unknown in the new area, so the credibility I spent years building in my old area will be lost, and would have to reconstructed from the ground up. My lack of credibility might also hinder my ability to effectively accomplish things, which could be disastrous.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 24, 2017 9:30 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Good Point Eric but if you're working for the same company since long time and wamt to switch to a difference role within the same company then your reputation and words of mouth will definitely help.
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Eric brings up a pretty good point - credibility.

That said, any challenge faced does not necessarily have to be negative. It can be exciting to realize your readiness to move to a new challenge. Challenges promote growth.
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Feb 24, 2017 5:22 AM
Replying to PARAG JAIN
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Thanks for sharing your comments Deepesh, Rami, and Dominic.
You're welcome Parag.
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Feb 24, 2017 5:28 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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My biggest concern would probably be establishing credibility. I might be completely unknown in the new area, so the credibility I spent years building in my old area will be lost, and would have to reconstructed from the ground up. My lack of credibility might also hinder my ability to effectively accomplish things, which could be disastrous.
Good Point Eric but if you're working for the same company since long time and wamt to switch to a difference role within the same company then your reputation and words of mouth will definitely help.
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Here are a variety of ways to walk that path: Partner with PM, BAs or others in the organization you want to move into. You'll always have competition; don't let fear be an obstacle. Let someone know of your interest with an information interview/chat. Start looking for assignments where you can obtain some experience in the area you want to move into, if you have a good relationship with your boss let them know of your interest to transition into a new role, update your resume and interview skill-sets and start networking with others in your organization. You should always have a current resume, a 30 second pitch speech, and current references. The biggest thing you'll have to convey to any interviewer is why should they take a risk on you, why you want to transition out of your current role and how you standout from other candidates. Good luck!
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Feb 23, 2017 10:14 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy
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Fear of facing a new boss and fear of facing new people will be the topmost on my list. I have established rapport with the current teams and know everyone. It is easier even to meet new people because I feel protected by my company and the familiarity of it's surroundings.
It's not so much coming out of my comfort zone. I am very comfortable meeting new people. It's about re-establishing relationships and it takes time to get to know people and work with them.
Fear is another way of say you are facing an obstacle. You need to overcome these and many other obstacles so it's good to recognize your challenge and make a plan to work toward overcoming these so they hold you back from great opportunities. I talk a lot about these challenges with actionable takeways in current webinars here on ProjectManagement.com. You can view my profile to listen to premium webinars here and take some notes.
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