I was chatting with a colleague earlier this week, and he mentioned a statistic that I had to share with you … “40% of executives in a new job failed within eighteen months” (Manchester Partners International, USA).
A little research uncovered an even more amazing statistic published by The Center for Creative Leadership, which says … “35% of executives failed within their first few months.”
"Failing includes being terminated for performance, performing significantly below expectations, or voluntarily resigning from the new position."
These statistics are important because …if you are the #2 or even #3 candidate for a position you really wanted at a company you truly felt was a great fit, and you can live with being the second choice … there just might be another opportunity in the not–to–distant future.
Make it a habit to follow up regularly with decision-makers to see how things are going in their organization. A consistent follow up plan could uncover that next great opportunity.