Why I left my corporate career…


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Yesterday I was doing a leadership workshop for a client, and someone asked me “How did you make the choice to leave your corporate career to become an entrepreneur?”

I get this question very regularly, so I thought I would finally write about it.

The choice point

I took a little bit of time off after being a CEO and after being the CMO of Siebel.

After a couple of months, I felt myself being drawn back to work. It surprised me frankly, because as a typically exhausted executive, I had thought it would have enjoyed taking a much longer break. What was it that was calling me back?

The key questions

Instead of just jumping back into another big corporate job, I took the time to really think about these 2 key questions:

1. What role do you need work to play in your life?
2. What are your strengths, and where do you get energy?

1. What role do you need work to play in your life?

The answer to this question changes throughout our lives. Early in our careers we need to explore and invest. We need to get traction on something.

Later, most of us as humans have a need to build success at something. What that IS, is different for everyone. The answer for me was in my corporate career.

What we all share at this point is that we are really investing. Investing in our careers and also in our lives and families. We need to earn and save money.

Building anything takes a big investment of time and energy, and most of us muscle through this phase and don’t really question it.

Then later, when we have achieved some of our key goals, the idea of work changes again. Or at least, it should.

I think it’s important every 5 or so years, not to forget to evaluate what role work needs to play in your life now, because it changes.

So if you reach a point where you don’t need to be investing as much if you are not still building, what should you be doing for work?

And more importantly, what should your work be doing for YOU?

Free webinar this month

By the way, there is a free webinar available for download this month called: Thinking Strategically about your Career, that talks more about this dynamic, and offers tools to help you think through your own career situation.

Ordinarily webinar downloads are only free to Members of Azzarello Group, but I thought that since it is near the end of the year, it was a good time to offer this webinar to everyone for awhile.

You can find and download it here on the member page.

What is work for now?

So as I explored this feeling of being drawn back to work,

I realized that at the core of it was that I have a very strong need to spend time with smart, interesting, challenging people to stimulate my own ideas and energy.

Until that point, I had found those people at work.

Once I realized that that was the core, I also realized that there were many other ways to get that, other than to take on another big corporate job.

That lead to the second question.

2. What are your strengths and where do you get the most energy?

I took myself through a process, which I now use with many of my clients who are trying to optimize their own career and life choices.

On a sheet of paper (I still like paper) I made 3 columns.

I thought about all the things that were required to be a technology business leader, and I sorted this list into these three columns. I wanted to get my head around what this job really took and how I truly felt about it.

Column #1
In the first column I wrote down things that I am good at, and also enjoy doing — things that give me energy.

For example, in this first column I wrote things like:

  • Leading people in organizations
  • Building teams that can execute
  • Putting strategy into action
  • Helping people grow as leaders
  • Helping people advance their careers
  • Communicating to varied audiences
  • Public speaking
  • Helping customers improve how they do business
  • Working with people from all over the world

Column#2
In the second column I wrote down the things that I am really good at but don’t like doing.

For example in this second column I wrote things like:

Managing sales execution on a month to month, quarter to quarter basis. I’m actually really good at doing that, but it gives me absolutely no joy.

Also, I have a high competence at effectively running very large organizations, and though I don’t dislike that, it does not bring me great energy personally.

Column #3
In the third column I wrote down the things that I suck at and/or hate doing. For example:

  • Staying tightly tuned into technology evolution and market moves
  • Traveling constantly
  • Operating without enough sleep
  • Working with people I don’t like or trust

When I looked at the whole list, I thought, “Yes, I could do all of this again, the good generally outweighs the bad, and there is a lot in there that I enjoy”.

But then I had an idea.

The experiment

The scientist in my formed an experiment. The experiment was: Can I build a successful business only doing things from the first column?

I decided to give it a try, and if it worked, I’d see if I wanted to keep it going, and if it didn’t work, I’d go back to a corporate role.

Well, I’m celebrating my 10 year Anniversary of Azzarello Group this year!

It worked.

Not only did it work, but because I am spending so much of my energy doing the things that I am naturally good at and give me energy, it feels great.

I get to help organizations execute their strategy and create more value
I get to help leaders become more effective and increase their confidence
I get to help executives advance their careers
I get to do a lot of speaking engagements

And I also get to feel that every week I am helping people and businesses get better at what they do, which results in the lives of those people also improving.

Do I miss corporate?

This is another questions I often get.

Yes, sometimes I miss leading a large organization, because there were many talented people who I interacted with every day, and there were lots of opportunities to make my world bigger by regularly traveling to and learning about other countries and their cultures. And the wins were big wins, because we were starting at a big scale. It was exciting.

But for me, at this point in my life, my work with Azzarello Group, allows me to work most of the time (in that first column) at my best, which feels great.

I definitely get plenty of interaction from smart, interesting, challenging people who stimulate my thinking.

And I still get to travel all over the world (just not every month!) speak to varied audiences, and meet many kind, interesting people for many different cultures. I also get to work with companies in many different industries which is fascinating for me.

The one thing that was a surprise to me is that I never knew during my corporate career is that I was a writer!

Now that I’ve written a blog article almost every week for almost a decade, and two books, writing has become another key area of work for me that I enjoy very much.

I am always saying that successful people figure out what they are really good at, and then find a way to spend most of their time doing that. I decided to take my own medicine! And it works.

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You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook, or read her book RISE…3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, AND Liking Your Life.

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Don’t sink to their level


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Today in this blog I want to do two things focused on helping you achieve the success you want — on YOUR terms.

1. Offer you the download of my Strategic Career Thinking webinar for free
2. Encourage you to remain true to yourself at work

So… in reverse order… (Webinar download below)

How to remain true to yourself at work

Every day, out in the world, we all face a broad range of challenges to our personal values that go from minor annoyances to major morale dilemmas and everything in between.

While work can be very uncomfortable at times (that is part of what they pay you for), it’s important to understand your values, and when something does not feel true for you, take a moment to reflect and decide how you want to respond.

Let me start with a small example:

Late for meetings

Late meetings cost the business world at large countless millions of dollars of lost productivity. It’s simply bad business. I know many people who don’t believe in being late to meetings, and they ask me, “If I go on time, I’m the only the only one there. What should I do?”

Don’t sink to their level. Go on time. Always. Set the positive example.

DO the right thing. Do the thing that is true for you. I have spent a lot of time sitting alone in meeting rooms. But in doing this I was accomplishing two things. 1. I was not degrading my self respect by falling in line with the bad behaviors of others. 2. I was sometimes able to influence others by positive example.

By the way, if you don’t expect people to be on time for meetings, don’t expect them to be on time for product launches either. Small habits reinforce or degrade your organization’s ability to execute. Be one of the people who is not contributing to the decline. More on the importance of small habits for successful execution here

Ugly, back-stabbing politics

Now a bigger, uglier example:

It always amazes me how many truly dreadful managers there are out there. On the Coaching Hour calls in my membership program, there are regularly leaders seeking advice for how to deal with an abusive or clueless or uncommunicative or solely politically driven boss. (To name but a few.)

In advance of my next webinar on Building Trust and Motivation, I’ve been getting messages from members asking, “But what can I do to build trust when my boss is working so fast to destroy it?”

…Bosses doing things like changing the game constantly, lying, bullying, not following through on commitments, demanding results with no support or resources, stealing credit, preventing employees from communicating with anyone outside the organization. (To name but a few.)

My advice — Again. don’t sink to their level.

Sadly part of your job as a leader if you are in this situation is to catch and hide the crap from your team.

You need to decide what is true for you. What is the kind of manager you want to be? Do your best to be that manager with your team, despite bad behaviors above and around you.

Insulate your team as much as possible from the bad behaviors of others. Don’t be tempted to act the same way because it seems like it’s expected in your environment.

Pressure to sink…

I actually got performance feedback as an executive once that “Patty doesn’t fight enough”. In this environment, the executive staff meetings were very nasty. The CEO liked it when his team fought. I refused to participate. For months I was losing points with the CEO.

But then something interesting happened…

After listening to the fights calmly, I was able to see a path forward. After about 45 minutes of fighting I would say something like:

“In listening to all of you, it seems while we disagree on X, what do agree on is that this outcome Y is the most important thing. Why don’t we start with Y and work backwards. For example, I think we can all agree that to enable Y, we must do Z”.

The funny thing that happened was that after about 6 months, the team would fight, I’d sit there not fighting, and then one of them would say:

“OK, Patty, I think we have fought enough now, we need you do that thing that you do, where you get us to start working on the part that we can agree on”.

But I can tell you that if I would have taken the feedback and started fighting, I would have been absolutely miserable, because that was not a way of working that was true to my own values.

When everybody else is being nasty or political, it’s easy to think that the only way to show strength and be credible is to also be nasty and political.

But being authentic will always be your strongest and most credible position.

You need to stay aware and in the game so people don’t take you down while you are not looking, but you don’t need to sink to their level and play on their negative terms. Don’t sink to their level.

Trust and Acknowledgement, often lacking…

When I was an executive or CEO, although some of my managers and board members treated me with support and were not un-kind, none of them ever went out of their way to make sure I was OK, or to proactively acknowledge my extra hard work and efforts.

But I always tried to do this for my team. I’m sure I did not have a perfect record at doing this, but I’m equally sure that I did not have a zero-record.

I would regularly say things like “This is a really hard job, how are you holding up?”, or “I’m sorry that assignment took you away from your family so much. I want you to know that I recognize that and really appreciate it. We’ll do something for you and them when it’s done”. Or “Wow, you did that much better than I ever imagined it could be done, I’m very impressed”.

After I certain point in advancing my career, no one ever said those things to me ever again.

While I accepted that that was part of the basic environment of what I signed up for to work at that level, it was never true for me to treat others that way. So I didn’t sink to the level of “expected/encouraged/tolerated executive detachment”.

I’m not sure why most big executives find acknowledgment uncomfortable or even the outright, wrong thing to do. In some ways I think it’s kind of a macho thing – I have more control over you if I don’t let you know how much I appreciate you. (heavy sigh)

In my experience it only makes you stronger as a leader to give acknowledgment and credit where it is due. For two reasons:

1. If you acknowledge people, they trust you more — which automatically gives you leadership points, not less.
2. When people feel acknowledged, they work harder and give more energy, creativity and time to the task at hand so your organization performs better.

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A big part of being successful and feeling satisfied with your work is that you find a way of working that maximizes your strengths and energy, and your ability to be you truly are.

Last month I did a webinar focused on helping you think about what you really want in your life, and how you can get your career on a path to give you more of that.

I wanted to share these ideas with everyone who wants to make a positive change in their life this year, so I’m offering the important webinar at no cost in January.

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You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook, or read her book RISE…3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, AND Liking Your Life.

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How do you really feel about your career?



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Strategically Thinking About Your Career.

If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of Azzarello group can download this webinar for free.
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Give yourself a Break!

I see so many people struggling to feel happy and satisfied in their work, and still wondering “What should I be when I grow up?”

For a moment stop wrestling with the idea that you are doing something wrong if you are not feeling thoroughly fulfilled by your work.

Stop listening to super-stars who tell you that you must have a driving passion and truly love what you do for work. In reality, very few people have a singular, driving passion, and do that successfully for work.

It’s a good time of year to step back and think about what is working and not working in your work.
And it’s important to decide how you want your work to fit into your life.
You are allowed to want what you want. And you have more control than you think to make that happen.

Remember:

You can be doing remarkably well even if you don’t have a singular driving passion.
You are good enough as you are. You have strengths that no one else has.
It’s OK if you don’t love your work.
Pursue work that gives you energy.
Stop worrying that you are doing something wrong.

In this webinar I gave you the framework to think about what you really want in your work and life. And I gave you some practical ideas to put those thoughts into action.

You get to choose.
You get to make it happen.

This is an important webinar to download if you:

  • Want to feel happier and more satisfied in your work
  • Optimize your choices and tradeoffs in your career and life
  • Want to take more control of your own career progress
  • Become more clear on what you are doing and why it matters

The webinar

In this webinar: Thinking Strategically About Your Career you’ll get ideas for understanding what truly matters to you and for taking control of your own career.

What career state are you in?

We talked about the difference career states of: Starting, Building, Competing, and Doing.

Make sure that once a year you evaluate where you are, and that you are making the appropriate investments for that state.

As your career state changes, your goals, desires and needs also change. Make sure you are not over-investing or under-investing your heart and soul and effort because you didn’t step back and realize that you are now in a different state.

What is your desired outcome?

No one cares about your career as much as you do!

I talked about two key ideas to claim your power and make the right things happen in your career.

1. The Development Paradox
2. The Experience Paradox

Don’t wait for your manager or someone else to tell you how to advance your career. In the webinar I shared techniques for sorting out these two paradoxes and doing it yourself.

Here’s a summary of what the webinar covers:

  • Framework for assessing your Career and Life goals
  • How to think about Where you are going and Why
  • Optimizing your Choices to get more of what you want into your Work and Life
  • Making Tradeoffs on purpose
  • Driving your own Development Opportunities
  • Effectively using Mentors and Career Sponsors
  • Evaluating and tuning Your Brand
  • Evaluating and tuning Your Performance

Want some help?

To get some help with this and learn the specific ideas and techniques that we talked about, download the webinar: Strategically Thinking about Your Career, now.

Members: Download the webinar for free.
Non Members: You can purchase this individual webinar or podcast (links below).

There are many really useful webinars related to getting the career you want.

Members get these additional webinars for free:

So if you are not yet a member, you might as well join and get them all for free!

Let me be your mentor

Members of Azzarello Group basically get me as their mentor.

Every month you get new insights and tools in the form of these webinars, as well as the chance to call into a monthly members-only coaching hour where you can get direct personal coaching from me.

People tell me that membership gives them a totally new way of thinking about their career, getting promotions, solving difficult problems with bosses, peers, employees, and other annoying people, communicating better, being more influential, becoming a stronger leader, and enjoying their work more. I love to hear this, and I love to help!

If you join now, you’ll not only get this webinar, but all the other webinars in the Member Library.

AND you’ll get the opportunity to participate in monthly Coaching Hour conference calls with me.
Check out what we talk about.

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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor.
She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)

You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook, or read her book RISE…3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, AND Liking Your Life.

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It’s OK if you don’t LOVE your work



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Stop listening to other people

Every time I hear some highly successful person, whether they are business person, movie star, writer, professional athlete, artist or reality TV star say, “You have to love your work”, or “You have to follow your passion”, I get annoyed.

I get annoyed because they are speaking from a position that is available to very few people in the world, and by saying this to everyone generally, they are hurting people. I wrote a blog about this (including some graphs!) a few years back.

Today, in anticipation of my next webinar on Strategically Thinking about Your Career, I wanted to address this one point head on.

If you want to be happy in your work, you need to find work that makes you feel happy much of the time. No work will ever make you feel happy 100% of the time, (that’s why you get paid).

No one else can tell you what should make you happy. You need to figure that out for yourself, and then organize your work in a way that it does not torture you. But you don’t actually need to LOVE your work in order to be happy and succeeding in your life.

Trying to LOVE your work is a bad idea

OK, if you are one of the people who wakes up every morning and says, “I love my work” and you mean it, and you get paid enough money to do what you love — or you don’t need any money, then this blog is not for you. Congratulations. You are one of the very few people for whom this works out. Enjoy it and appreciate it.

I have found that most of these people who end up doing what they love for work usually have had a very clear view of what that would be for their whole life. And they have always had an unusual amount of energy and focus to make it come true. They find their way to their one true calling because there is no other option for them. They can’t NOT do it.

What about the rest of us? What about those of us for whom the path is not so clear? Most people (of any age) I talk to say they are not sure what they want to be when they grow up.

So when one of these luminaries tells everyone, “You must love your work”, it sets most people up to feel like a failure for not doing this.

If you wake up every morning and think, “I don’t love my work”, the big point I want to make is this: YOU ARE NOT FAILING AT ANYTHING.

There are two kinds of failures I see, and both are totally avoidable, once you let go of this notion other people are telling you — that you must love your work.

Failure #1. You ruin a good hobby

I see some people try to take the things they love and do them as a living. It could be art, music, sports, poetry…

The problem happens when they take this advice to heart and think, the only way to be truly successful is to do what I love for a living. So they try. They turn their favorite hobby into their primary job.

Then many fail to make enough money at it — so their life is hard.

And for most people who try this, they also ruin their hobby. Instead of doing it for the pure joy of a hobby, they have turned it into something that they actually don’t love anymore, by compromising on how they do it to please others instead of themselves, and by adding the responsibility of making it pay.

Failure #2. You feel like failure no matter what you do

The second type of failure is the one that I think is most common, and most exacerbated by these “you must love your work” advocates. It happens when people who have a good job, make enough money to take care of their family, enjoy their hobbies, and by every measure are doing great…

But they walk around feeling like a failure, thinking, “I am in the wrong job. I should be doing something that I love, but I don’t know what that is or how to do it. So I am doing something wrong. I’m not even good enough to figure out what I should be doing”.

This breaks my heart. You are doing GREAT.

The important thing in life is to LOVE your family, LOVE your friends, and LOVE your hobbies. Focus on the things that bring you joy. It doesn’t need to be one earth-shattering thing. It can be a variety of things. Make sure you invest time on these things.

And if you make enough money, you eliminate the major stress in life that comes from not having enough money to live on, and you have money to do many things that you love. You also have the flexibility to explore and potentially find even more new things that you love.

LIKE your job

I will say that it also breaks my heart when I see so many people hating their jobs. This was the main reason that I wrote RISE. There is a really huge space between loving your work and hating your work. Find a good spot in there for yourself.

I wanted to show people how you can really LIKE your job, so that you can also really like your life.

It’s miserable to be in a job that is making you miserable.

The secret to liking your job that I talk about in RISE, is finding a way of working that suits your natural strengths and energy. When you are working in a role that places demands on your natural strengths and you are working on things that give you energy, it feels great.

You feel like super-hero when you are doing a great job, it is being recognized, and you are not killing yourself to do it. You end up feeling, “I really like my job”.

“I should really like my job”, is a much better goal than “I need to love my work”.

No one cares about your career as much as you.

No one cares about your happiness as much as you. If you are willing to do thankless, unhappy work that someone needs done, no one will ever ask you to stop. You need to be the one to advance your own career.

When I talk about advancing your own career, I talk about finding the intersection of your natural strengths, the things that give you energy, and what your company values — and then creating a business case so that your company wants you to do that.

That’s the “DO better” part in RISE. Then if you also add building your credibility to “LOOK better”, and building your network of support to “CONNECT better”, you can join the ranks of truly successful people who are succeeding and being recognized in a great job that they really like, which allows them to have a great life that they really like.

If you do all 3 of these things I share in RISE, you will get more of what you want in your work and in your life.

This is an approach that is open to all of us, not just an unusual and lucky few who were clearly drawn to their life’s work all along and have a deep love of doing it.

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You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook, or read her book RISE…3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, AND Liking Your Life.

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Managing Your Own Performance



This month’s webinar was on the topic of Managing Your Own Performance

If you missed it, you can download the recording.

Managing Your Own Performance

The webinar:

This is a very useful webinar to download if you want to:

  • Get your career and life goals in focus for next year
  • Manage your own productivity better
  • Get ready for a performance review with your boss
  • Know how to proactively choose the right work to ensure your development
  • Take consistent action on longer term career and business goals

NOVEMBER ONLY: Get $30 off on Membership

This webinar on Managing Your Own Performance is a great tool to help start the year with a strong plan.

Members of Azzarello group can download this webinar for free.

But since this part of the year is such a good time for planning, I want to offer you a chance to get your own membership to Azzarello Group at a discount.

If you join now, in November, you’ll get $30 off. So that’s a whole year of membership for only $149!

Just use code: SAVE30 at checkout.

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Your Career Development Partner

I offer this membership program to be a virtual career developement partner for you.

Membership helps you to stay focused on your development and to achieve your long term career goals.

It gives you reminders, confidence, focus and support – like a good partner!

So if you join now, you’ll not only get this webinar, but all the other webinars in the Member Library.

AND you’ll get the opportunity to participate in monthly Coaching Hour conference calls with me.
Check out what we talk about.

AND as a member you’ll get to download your copy of the Career Year of action Guide (a $30 value) for free.

The Career Year of Action Guide

Another great resource to help you plan your development and career goals is the Career Year of Action Guide.

This guide stages out the things we discuss in the webinars and gives you tasks and actions you can do each month to ensure you are making progress.

The Career Year of Action Guide is available at the Online Store, and Members can download it for free.

What the webinar on Managing Your Own Performance covered:

No one cares about your career as much as you!
Learn how to consistently set the right bar to achieve your performance goals

We talked about:

  • How to create a lasting development process for yourself
  • The critical checklist you should consult regularly
  • Managing your own productivity
  • Choosing the right work and projects
  • The connections and support you need to meet your goals
  • How to have performance conversations with your boss
  • And more…

Worksheets

The worksheets included in this webinar are:

  • Critical Checklists for your Development
  • DO Better: Checklist
  • LOOK Better: Checklist
  • CONNECT Better: Checklist

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If you are not a member, you can: purchase this webinar,
or you can become a member and get the webinar for free..

If you are tempted to purchase this webinar, that’s great.

But you might want to consider getting a membership to Azzarello Group — it’s a much better deal.

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Membership is a great resource (and a steal at $179 for a whole year) to help you advance your career.
And if you join before Dec 1, your membership will only cost $149!

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As a member, just around this topic of managing your performance and career development, you can also get additional webinars for free on:

So you might as well join and get them all for free!

Additional benefits for members

Take a look through the Member Library and see all the other great webinars and resources you get too.

Plus, as a member, you get live coaching from me in monthly Coaching Hour conference calls where you can ask your own questions.

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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor.
She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)

You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook, or read her book RISE…3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, AND Liking Your Life.

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