I’ve been spending time working on succession planning lately. I love working with leaders and having the conversation about who is performing at a high level and may be ready to take the next step in their career. One thing that comes up occasionally though is the employee who is stellar but has no interest in being promoted to the next level. It can be downright painful as the leader comes to terms with the fact that the employee just doesn’t want the job.
Fortune Magazine is reporting that Hillary Clinton has no interest in being the Vice President. Apparently, there is still speculation that Joe Biden may be dropped off the ticket and Hillary added. Click HERE for the full story. If it’s true, I think Hillary is making a smart move. Whether you agree with her politics or not, she is a good example of someone with career options. The days of a one-track career path are gone. As people expand their skills they may find that they no longer have their sights set on that VP role, myself included. I remember starting my career in HR and when my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I “grew up”, I would tell them a VP of HR.
I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more I realize that where I hope to end up in my career has not even been created yet. Maybe it will be a VP role, but with a title like VP of Social Communication and Innovation. Who knows. What about you? What do you want to be when you grow up?