Week 76: Worker Bee Invisibility AKA Seizing The Opportunity – #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 76 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS “
If you’ve ever seen the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you’ll be familiar with the famous line, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” That same idea can be applied to the workplace. We get so caught up in everything we do day-to-day that we forget to stop, take a moment, and look around to really take stock of what we’re doing and who we are because of it. I have recently decided to take on a new role, but it certainly came with a mix of hesitation and excitement. Excited to take on a new opportunity, hesitant of the unknown.
Whether we’re taking on a new opportunity or we’re part of a solid, churning machine, we always need to take a moment to reflect. Not just during an annual review. Not just when we make a sizeable error. Not just when we are on top of the world. Take a moment for yourself every single day to review and reflect.
I love the idea of being efficient, working hard, and working quickly. As interested as I am in working with people who are loud and proud speed demons who are more like robots than actual humans, I’m even more interested in people who do stumble and fall from time-to-time and have a glimmer in their eyes when they have that A-HA moment. The former end up burying their heads and busy work, and while they certainly get the job done, they fade into the background and render themselves invisible. The latter end up innovating and being the movers and the shakers.
It’s so vital for us to mentor people who have those natural, curious qualities in the workplace. Efficiency and proficiency gets the job done, but passion, drive, and creativity is what takes the job onwards and upwards. Give me a foolish but hungry intern any day and I’ll take them under my wing over a know-it-all any day.
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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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