Week 82: Asking Permission – #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 82 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS “
Whether you’re an administrative assistant or a department manager, it’s a fine line between understanding when to be proactive vs. reactive. I went from being a coordinator (essentially an administrative assistant) to being in my first ever “big girl” manager’s gig, and I found myself having to learn to switch gears rather quickly. While I still take a step back to be curious, ask the right questions, and assess the situation before jumping right into the unknown, I’ve learned that in situations where I may have previously waited patiently for the greenlight, I now have to take actions into my own hand. It’s all par for the course.
I believe in doing what you think is right with the knowledge and skills that you have in order to back up your decisions—if backing up your choices is even necessary. In my daily grind, I believe in the importance of internal teamwork and the excitement and gratitude behind putting clients first. When clients ask us for a favor and when we may not have the exact answer for them in that moment, all we can do is be honest and say we will do everything in our power to find out for them. Like anything we seek to accomplish in our life, all we can do is try.
People will respect you if you do your research, come prepare, show initiative, and keep them apprised of your intentions. Even when you’re not sure but still want to show confidence, ask your boss or your peers for their thoughts. They may have some insight or an opinion you may not have thought of before. Be proactive to prevent a problem and be reactive to come to a solution. If you’re given the ball, take it and run with it. Just be sure to know where you’re running.
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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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