I’m going to wander a bit today, so get ready. It’s gonna be a quick clip, but it will be short too, so stay with me if you like, I’d love to have you along.
I learned (another) important lesson recently at work; as many of them have been in my current job, it’s occurred in a bit of a passive way, but no less meaningful otherwise. In fact, maybe more so.
I try to contribute everyday; that’s what we get paid to do. Do our work, go a bit further, make a difference. Sometimes we’re more effective, sometimes less so. I saw some action taken recently that I should have been proactive on; but I wasn’t.
It was too big a stretch maybe; maybe it didn’t actively occur to me. So my very effective and result-focused colleague took action instead.
Thinking about it, I realize now I could have stretched more, to ask a couple more questions, be proactive, get deeper in, see what else I could do to support the situation. I missed the chance in this case; for the initial action, anyway.
My take away? There are two:
1/ Don’t be afraid to go deeper, even if it means maybe more work.
2/ Follow up now after the initial action has been taken, to support the effort now, to see it through.
And what about saints? The correlation rings true for me: learn from others. Question what (more) you can do to emulate those who have demonstrated advanced capabilities and/or perspective. Don’t give up. Keep going forward.
That’s one of my common themes: KEEP GOING FORWARD.
Another? KEEP GETTING BETTER.
Good for work. Good for life. Good for YOU.