Week 47: Balancing Tact and Strategy – #AlphaFemaleFriday

“ WEEK 47 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS ”

Dogs make great pets because of how loving, loyal, and fun they can be. Those qualities can also be fantastic in employees who want to showcase their passion, but they can end up being detrimental. The other day I found myself in a situation where I was acting like a loyal, obedient puppy that was blindly following instructions because someone has to get the job done, right? Then, I took a step back and realized that just because I needed to find a means to an end didn’t mean that it had to be done the way that it was asked for me.


Obediently following instructions only gets you so far before you just finally outwork yourself to the point where it’s detrimental to your work flow and your reputation. You never want to get to that point. You lose respect for yourself and other people lose respect for you just because you want to be some sort of superhuman. You need to be known for thinking and planning. You want to be known for your tactful and strategic maneuvers.


When I found myself being given a task that seemed really easy and quick to do the first few times, I realized that it was actually a difficult and daunting task to do on my own. I called in the troops, asked for help, and we discussed how we can get this task done together within a certain amount of time with the necessary, collective information. Not only did that take a huge weight off my shoulders, it made us all really happy to know we were able to help each other. People can’t help you if they don’t know what’s wrong, so if you feel like you’re blindly following tasks, then speak up!




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Each week, I take a tip from Lois P. Frankel’s book, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, and explore how each of these tips affect myself and other women in similar positions on the road to becoming the women we want to be. There are far and few between who are a few steps behind me, and many more who are far advanced. I found that Lois P. Frankel’s advice applied to novice, intermediates, and experts alike. It helped me see that I was already doing right, served as a reminder to keep on doing what I was doing and how to keep that momentum going. The book also showed me areas where I could improve, and gave realistic tips to jump on board. There are a total of 133 tips, and explore one tip per week in a program I call: 133 Weeks to Success.

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