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If you spend the vast majority of your day

effect on crucial relationships. The same is

can lead to an unfulfilling career. It’s never

doing stuff you are mediocre at and have

true of relocating. It can generate great life

easy to make this decision, so consider your

no passion for, you’re going to produce

experiences, but it can also have a damaging

next career move as carefully as a world-

mediocre, passionless work. That is not the

effect on your children’s future. Consider

champion chess player.

ticket to career acceleration, no matter how

these factors carefully. About the Author

much you might be earning right now. 7. Are you excited to take this job? 6. Are the amount of travel and the reality

Dan Coughlin, business performance

of relocation appropriate for you and your

Now that you’ve thought about this situation

management consultant and keynote

family?

rationally and discussed it with your family,

speaker, is the author of Accelerate:

what are you going to do? Time for the old

20 Practical Lessons to Boost Business Momentum. He has provided more than 1,500 executive coaching sessions and invested more than 3,000 hours on-site observing executives and managers in more than 20 industries working for companies and organizations including Coca-Cola, Toyota, Marriott, McDonald’s, AT&T, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He can be reached at dan@thecoughlincompany.com or www.businessacceleration.com.

Some issues go beyond just you.

gut check. Do you want this new job or not? If your answer isn’t immediate and emotional,

Two of those are relocation and travel time.

then hold off and take more time to think

I’m not just talking about traveling back and

about it.

forth between your home and your office, although that is an important factor. I’m also

I recently met a CEO who turned down the

talking about the amount of time you will

job of COO four times before he felt he was

be traveling around the country and around

truly excited to take the position. Once he

the world. Relocating is another variable to

took it, he did such a great job that he was

weave into the family situation. I encourage

promoted to CEO when the former CEO

you to take these two items very seriously

retired.

and to talk them over with your family. To stay or not to stay? That question A career with no travel would not be the

oftentimes is the inflection point that

right thing for a lot of people. On the other

determines a great career. Never moving can

hand, too much travel can have a devastating

lead to a stale career, and moving too often

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