Are you suffering from transition anxiety

We're all supposed to want a promotion more than dear life, but according to a recent survey conducted by consultancy firm DDI, this is just not so. Promotion in today's world is considered as stressful as divorce, and about as welcome: 59% of the 600 managers polled said they put it just above bereavement. Transition Anxiety is the fear of being elevated to a position of responsibility and authority when you were quite happy being irresponsible and unimportant. It is the sense of knowing that everyone else thinks you don't deserve the promotion and will, from now on, spend their time undermining you. Symptoms include not being able to get out of bed in the morning and avoiding the CEO's call, even though the secretary congratulated you when she put him through. Treatment involves being purposely incompetent until they discover you really are useless, or taking the job and waiting until they de-elevate you back to your old position. Of course, saying 'no, thank you' will rid you of the problem - and the job - once and for all.

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor - helen@kirwantaylor.com
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

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