what are you worth?
and how do you know?
as free agents in sports test the open market, why don’t business professionals also test the market? it’s there you’ll discover what other organizations believe you are worth, both in terms of salary but also in terms of responsibility.
are you actually underpaid, or are your skills just not in high enough demand to expect the kind of salary you envision? are you not getting that promotion internally because of political reasons, or are you just not operating at that next level yet? you can learn a lot about who you are if you get out there and look around. you will start to see yourself the way other people outside of your organization see you. there’s tremendous growth that will come from that.
they say the best time to look for a new job is when you already have one. i say the best time to look for a new job is when you don’t even want one.
always test the market. always know what you’re worth.