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Has anyone experienced something known as Professional's block?
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Just like there is a Writer's block, where the creativity of a writer is on a stand still for a certain period, similarly there is a Professional's block, where every person at whatever profession level undergoes a period where the career is on a standstill. Person is doing the same kind of work again and again for so long that they don't find any pleasure in their accomplishment. Their career comes to a level where they are not sure what are they doing.
At this juncture, they need the support of their friends (at different profession), peers, seniors, mentors to help them come out of this situation.
Has anyone or have seen anyone go through this experience? And how did you or they come out of the situation?
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Prajna -

Usually that's a sign that you need to re-evaluate what your true purpose or calling is and find a new role (at the same, a higher or lower level) which addresses that.

I've gone through that twice so far in my career - the first time was when I switched from focusing on technology to focusing on projects and the second time was when I switched from focusing on projects to focusing on people.

Kiron
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I went through similar re-evaluations as Kiron: from technology to projects, from projects to leadership.
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I have been going through this for awhile now as I am trying to switch from technology to projects. I have been trying to be patient (not something I am known for) and focused on the skills I need to gain to complete the transition. Everything is finally lining up and it looks like I will soon complete the transition.
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I went through a similar phase before i found my "true calling" in lean six sigma; maybe my interests will change over the next 5-10 years, who knows. I'm not sure if there's a quick fix to the problem you have described, and if there is one i'm not aware of it. I guess it helps to gradually and consistently expand the breadth of one's knowledge; for instance, this forum is a great example since it attracts people from across the world from different industries and functional areas and you just learn more about everything. And you can pick up on individual threads of thought that capture your interest, connect with relevant people to learn more about a topic/ industry/ function, and so on.
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Prajna,
Excellent question. I am struggling currently with this exact issue and I liked the way you described it as a professionals block. I am not currently a manager, but when I was, I made sure my staff had the opportunity to for advancement and to learn new things to take on new responsibilities. I have come a to point where the organization I work for does not believe in growth of its employees but focuses all energies on keeping the status-quo.

So, in short, I think management has a role to play to ensure that employees do not get "professional block" - as you call it.
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1 reply by Dinah Young
Dec 19, 2017 1:19 PM
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True. Part of my block came from management. For their own reasons they did not want me to move away from my technical position. My confidence in my management skills was constantly being chipped away at and therefore I was having trouble making progress in my job search.
Thankfully, that all changed when the top manager retired and we got a new one that believes in helping his people grow.
We are in charge of our own growth ultimately. Sometime situations make you work harder to get what you want.
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Dec 19, 2017 9:22 AM
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Prajna,
Excellent question. I am struggling currently with this exact issue and I liked the way you described it as a professionals block. I am not currently a manager, but when I was, I made sure my staff had the opportunity to for advancement and to learn new things to take on new responsibilities. I have come a to point where the organization I work for does not believe in growth of its employees but focuses all energies on keeping the status-quo.

So, in short, I think management has a role to play to ensure that employees do not get "professional block" - as you call it.
True. Part of my block came from management. For their own reasons they did not want me to move away from my technical position. My confidence in my management skills was constantly being chipped away at and therefore I was having trouble making progress in my job search.
Thankfully, that all changed when the top manager retired and we got a new one that believes in helping his people grow.
We are in charge of our own growth ultimately. Sometime situations make you work harder to get what you want.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Dec 19, 2017 1:42 PM
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"Sometime situations make you work harder to get what you want."

It just makes us appreciate it even more.
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Dec 19, 2017 1:19 PM
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True. Part of my block came from management. For their own reasons they did not want me to move away from my technical position. My confidence in my management skills was constantly being chipped away at and therefore I was having trouble making progress in my job search.
Thankfully, that all changed when the top manager retired and we got a new one that believes in helping his people grow.
We are in charge of our own growth ultimately. Sometime situations make you work harder to get what you want.
"Sometime situations make you work harder to get what you want."

It just makes us appreciate it even more.
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This has happened to me twice since I retired from the Navy. I got of this funk with the help of a Mentor. A Mentor or Coach can help you refocus when you're out of focus. In addition, I highly recommend the book "The Start-up of you."
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1 reply by Dinah Young
Dec 19, 2017 3:37 PM
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I just ordered the book you mentioned. Interested in what I can learn from it.
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Dec 19, 2017 1:51 PM
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This has happened to me twice since I retired from the Navy. I got of this funk with the help of a Mentor. A Mentor or Coach can help you refocus when you're out of focus. In addition, I highly recommend the book "The Start-up of you."
I just ordered the book you mentioned. Interested in what I can learn from it.
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1 reply by Dr. James Sass
Dec 19, 2017 3:47 PM
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I think you will like it Dianah. Another to look at is "Rebooting Work" by Maynard Webb & Carley Adler. These are references I recommend to some of the folks I mentor or coach. Enjoy!
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Dec 19, 2017 3:37 PM
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I just ordered the book you mentioned. Interested in what I can learn from it.
I think you will like it Dianah. Another to look at is "Rebooting Work" by Maynard Webb & Carley Adler. These are references I recommend to some of the folks I mentor or coach. Enjoy!
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Dec 19, 2017 8:36 PM
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Dr. James
Book sound interesting, I'll look it up
Thanks
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