Your Slipknot Is Showing
Des Moines' resident heavy-metal rock band, Slipknot, is having an interesting summer. Their health insurer is probably not amused. Their own #0 (AKA DJ Sid Wilson) broke both of his ankles during a leap at a summer concert in Seattle. So now he's making his stage appearances in a wheelchair. OK, so they are redefining exactly what "heavy metal" means. As one article put it, "But that's just the kind of band Slipknot are. Dedicated and intense, they simply don't quit — no matter what their bruises look like. "
So, how about you? Your career is a concert tour of sorts. And you've probably taken a few bad jumps and wound up bruised and broken. The question is whether you're willing to take the stage at the next event and show off your battle scars... or just cower in your dressing room and hope the fans go away so they don't see you in your current state.
I know a lot of consultants, project managers, and business analysts who are currently "between projects" (the politically correct way of saying they are unemployed). Some of them are licking their wounds. Others are going at it fast and furious, viewing the employment set-back as an opportunity for new adventures.
Some questions to ask yourself as you are waiting for the next "paying gig":
- What can I learn from my last experience? What didn't I do well?
- What are the strengths I bring to an employer? Do I know, and can I talk about them confidently?
- What types of assignments should I avoid? With whom do I work the best?
- What can I work on right here, right now while I'm in waiting mode? Both personally and professionally, what can I do to make myself the best person possible?
Now get out there, put on that spiked mask, and rock on!