Time for a Change

It is time to change. When have you overstayed your welcome? Is it time for you to move on? Things will be different at another location. It is time for a change.

We never really know why we accept a job. I believe there is a plan but exactly what that plan might be remains the unknown. I moved my family ¾ of the way across the United States. I was seeking a new beginning. I decided to change my approach and make a difference in a different way. It did not work. Why? I forgot about the other part of the equation. I forgot about who decides if you are going to be successful. I forgot about who is really in charge. I forgot about the “old guard” and it was not me. I had no say in the outcomes. I was just a player in the game others had created. They made the rules many years before I arrived. It is their castle and their sandbox. I was just filling a space that could not be defined by anyone except the founders.

I actually believed I could make a difference and impact the lives of others in a positive way. After so many years of not playing well with others due to my independent thought processes and way of life, I thought about how I could become a relationship builder; it would be different. It was not.

What is my next move? Do I lead or manage another process? Maybe not this time! I may need to follow or just be there to see what takes place without my input. It is better that way. It is easier. I can bring my years of experience to the game and provide only what is requested. That sounds like a great idea. I am just part of the fixtures and not part of the solution. I am not part of the problem. It is better that way. It is not!

It is time for a change but I do not know what that might be. The next few months will be a challenge. I will remain engaged and active in my quest to give more than I receive. I will provide support for others. I will remain a mentor when needed. I will be who I was for the past 25 years, someone who gives more to others than he gives to himself. It is time for a change in my own life. It will be a journey and adventure. It is time for a change and I welcome it.

About Jim Jones

Jim received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Human Resource Development and has over 40 years of management experience in 5 different industries. He has consulted for Raytheon, Century 21 and Motorola. He retired in 2005 as the Sr. VP, Human Resources for Trident Health System (an HCA facility). His specialty is talent-based organizational development.. Jim has recently accepted a position with Shorter University as the Associate Vice President for Online and Professional Education. Shorter University's primary campus is located in Rome, Georgia. His role will include the strategic management of online programs for the university to include the College of Adult and Professional Programs located in Rome and Atlanta. Dr. Jones is looking forward to helping change the lives of those he touches every day in the pursuit of excellence in adult education. This includes students, faculty and staff.
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