This advice was originally written for Blue Steps -- "Executive Career Insider, your expert source on executive search and careers."
History is littered with the hulls of rudderless ships because the appropriate captain was not at the helm; and carcasses of executives who have spent lavishly at shareowner expense or inappropriately spoke a word in haste and waste. This year has seen its fair share of jettisoned executives for everything from moral turpitude and fiscal excess or simply being there in the wrong slot. The spectrum of personalities and rationales for the revolving door varies widely. Whether one is able to bounce back often is based on the nature and severity of the departure and whether it was self-inflicted or politically induced.
No matter if you have left a role because of forfeit or a poor fit, there is light at the end of the tunnel and with the right strategy you can navigate your way back to gainful employment. Here are some habits that can be the key to surviving and thriving.
Own it. Acknowledge what has occurred. Take responsibility if the faux pas occurred on or under your watch. If so, apologize, make amends and move on. If you were an innocent bystander, make your case, promote action to the powers that be and move on. If the glove just does not fit, take it off, give it back and move on.
Don’t let the mishap define you. The mistake was just that, a bad choice, an road ill taken. Do not let it define you. It is not who you are or want to be. Separate your motion from the emotion. Do not be consumed by your anger, grief, frustration or let it morph into depression.
Make it a teaching moment. Whatever occurred, learn from it, grow from it, and make it a teaching moment. No doubt, the glass analogy applies here. Look at what happened as the glass is still half full, not half empty. Stay positive and move the ball forward.
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