I could use a bit of help and guidance.
After many years in sales, and the last 4 in a Management position, I decided to switch industries and seek out another position that allowed for more long term growth. I did so, a year ago, took a position with actually a greater title, better pay, but no directs. I went with this thinking it was a better move long term. It has not met my expectations, and I feel I'm only utilizing about 30% of my talents in this role. I've set out and have several options that look like they are opening up to me, but still at a key fork in the road. I have two options that would put me in a sales team leadership role, one a startup, with lots of uncertainty, the other a tried and true company, with decent product. I also have two individual contributor options, one putting me in a more technical role, with a stellar company, the other moving me to a Marketing Manager position ( but no directs) for a stellar company in a fantastic industry, and a challenging/interesting role. Key question is, which way to go for long term growth? I have gotten challenged that my management experience is only 4 years, and I'm afraid that if I don't take another team leadership position soon, that door may close permanently. I see my self satisfied in other individual contributor roles, and that is the dilemma. All these pay about the same.
Thanks MT and community!!