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FIRST CLASS COACH - I feel pigeon-holed in my job. Because I'm good at the detail, I'm always given roles that require that kind of skill and never the more creative, bigger-picture kind of work. How can I move out of this rut?

by MIRANDA KENNETT

I feel pigeon-holed in my job. Because I'm good at the detail, I'm always given roles that require that kind of skill and never the more creative, bigger-picture kind of work. How can I move out of this rut?

Typecasting is endemic in the world of business, and highly counter-productive for organisations that depend on us being at our energetic, motivated best. To be at the top of our game, most of us need roles that stimulate and stretch us, and this requires greater flexibility than most employers characteristically provide.

Of course, it is not surprising that a manager, seeing a team member doing a job very well, will be tempted to heave a sigh of relief that somebody's doing something right and dish out more of the same. And if you cheerfully shoulder the next, very similar project, the boss can be forgiven for missing the fact that you would like to do something different.

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