Ten Signs You're Too Smart For Your Job
Sometimes a job is fun and exciting at first, but the excitement soon wears off and the challenges dry up
I have small dogs although I live in a big-dog town. My dogs have no idea they are small. They think they are enormous.
Because they are little dogs, they go crazy when someone comes to the door but within a few minutes they settle down and lie on the arm of the couch like a cat.
Some dogs need more intellectual stimulation and physical challenge than my dogs do. Border collies are famously smart dogs who need to work and use their brains. They go stir crazy when they're cooped up with nothing to do.
Some people are like border collies. They need to learn more and do more all the time. They are miserable in an environment where they aren't challenged. You might be a border collie, yourself!
Sometimes a job is fun and exciting at first, but the excitement soon wears off and the challenges dry up. Your boss might not want to give you meaty, thorny problems to solve. Some bosses are easily spooked by a smart and capable employee.
Here are 10 signs you're too smart for your job.
1. You sit in meetings biting your lip because you know how to solve most of the problems being discussed, but you don't want to get a reputation as a know-it-all.
2. You look for new learning experiences on the job and you can't find any.
3. Co-workers come to you for help with dozens of different issues but your boss cannot or will not acknowledge you as subject-matter expert, much less praise you for it.
4. Your plate is full, but there's nothing on your desk that gets you excited or keeps your wheels turning when you're not working.
5. You are the only person on your team who is secretly frustrated by the lack of stimulating projects. Your co-workers are happy as clams and view tiny, incremental steps as major accomplishments.
6. Your boss is happy to come to you with a problem they need to resolve quickly but is not open to hearing that you want to do more and can make a bigger impact on the company than you're making now.
7. You look ahead at your project plans for 2017 and don't see any new learning curves in your future.
8. You introduce new ideas that could help your company, but get a lackluster response to them if you get any response at all.
9. People outside your firm invite you to write for industry blogs or speak at events but your own boss and co-workers don't seem to value your thought leadership.
10. You watch the clock at work - something you would never, ever do if you were in the zone and charging ahead down your path.
What should you do when you realize you're a border collie and you're tired of sitting around letting your brain rot?
There's no need to panic. You can take your time and think about what you want next in your career. When the time is right you can launch a stealth job search.
Just think -- in a few months you can be back in the groove of learning something new every day -- and applying that learning the next day!
You can find a new job that deserves you more than the one you have now. If you're too smart for the job you've got, why wait?
Liz Ryan, CEO/founder of Human Workplace and author of Reinvention Roadmap
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