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If you’re miscast, switch roles

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We hear from many managers who feel miscast in their role. They don’t like supervising so many (or so few) employees. They don’t like their micromanaging (or aloof) bosses. They just don’t feel comfortable in their job.

If you wish you could change your role, why wait?

Consider Bill Bradley’s story. The former U.S. senator and 2000 presidential candidate was a basketball star for the New York Knicks in the 1970s. He won two championship titles in his Hall of Fame career.

But it didn’t start well. When Bradley arrived in the NBA, he was cast as a guard.

“I was considered a person who would be the new star,” Bradley recalls. “In practice, people cheered whenever I touched the ball. But in games, I failed miserably.”

In his first season, the crowd’s adulation quickly turned to disgust. Bradley simply couldn’t handle his duties as guard.

“People spit on me and threw coins at me at Madison Square Garden,” he says. “They accosted me on the streets in New York.”

In his second season, an injury to the team’s forward gave Bradley a chance to change roles. He jumped at the chance and succeeded in his new position.

Heed Bradley’s lesson and change roles if your current job doesn’t harness your skills. Experiment with new assignments. Make a lateral move. A new challenge can unlock your full potential and set you on the right path.


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