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  1. I currently am assistant treasurer for an organization in the Midwest. This is a role which I have had for the past three years.

    Sad to say, when I looked over the Doom Loop, I quickly found myself in that upper right quadrant – the one you call “Q3.”

    A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a headhunter who is doing a search for a job in a different city but with the same title and, it appears, with virtually the same sort of responsibilities. He said that I have all the qualifications, and, from the looks of the position description, he’s right.

    An attraction to me is the significant increase in compensation as well as the city (it would require a relocation for me and my family).

    However, I’ve always worried about what they call “lateral moves.” How does a “lateral move” fit into the Doom Loop thing, anyway?

    • Lateral moves become attractive for individuals who are Q3. Such individuals are particularly vulnerable to the headhunter who can sell the attractive features of a different organization, a different location, different co-workers, etc., and, in particular an increase in compensation. Such moves are inconsistent with a growth strategy of building skills and generally put an individual back in Q2 for about four months – and it is this that is referred to as the “anesthetic value of compensation.” Four months later when the individual has gotten used to the new environment, he/she finds him/herself right back in Q3. The remedy: THINK TWICE BEFORE MAKING A LATERAL MOVE!!

  2. After an altering personal life event, years of working Mon-Fri, 9-5 was becoming overwhelming. I was losing my passion and work was becoming “just a job” and an effort to enjoy . During this crisis time I thought the only life component I could escape was to quit my job. After meeting with Mr. Jett and discussing the Doom Loop, I saw that I had options and my job had variables I’d never seen. Learning to delegate and changing committed work days, made an incredible change in my attitude and sense of freedom. My passion for what I do has returned and the sensation of a noose connecting me to my schedule has been removed. I’ll be forever grateful for Mr. Jett’s vision.

    • Eileen was a classic example of someone with very strong competencies being “very good at” what she does and really having much more time to do those things than was needed. A little compression in the job at the same rate of compensation is the remedy – and this, coupled with the same sort of passion that she applies to her work could be applied to outside interests. The result – a terrific balance and much more happiness on and off the job!

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