If an individual or business in this twenty first century is not positioned to get out in front, they may not be positioning themselves at all. As 720thinkers, we have come to know that the individual or the company that stands out in front of the pack is the one that is proactive, daring and adventurous. They take active roles in seeking new opportunities and new projects, challenge the status quo, offer solutions and suggestions, volunteer for the difficult or even seemingly mundane tasks or projects that can change the course of a business, career, community or industry.
A junior associate had this practice. She allowed months of to go by as she waited for responses from her boss to unanswered emails.
Her pattern was as follows:
Her boss was senior executive. Believe it or not, both associate and exec were in the same building, not different states, countries or time zones. When she finally picked up the phone and called her boss, a face-to-face meeting was set.
Unfortunately, the senior level had been waiting for the young employee to ask for face-to-face meetings whenever she needed help, was offering solutions to problems, or taking advantage of the opportunities for change that abounded in the organization. After all, she had been hired as one of the brightest and the best. Over the course of those months, the boss started reassigning her duties and responsibilities to other employees.
I’ll bet you guessed this outcome of that meeting. The junior associate was not just of good graces with her boss because she didn’t get in front of the situation, she was out of a job.
The lesson can apply to any individual or business.
If you want to be noticed by organizations, communities, or industries, stop waiting to get noticed and get out in front. If not, you just might be out of a job, a client, a big contract. Need we say more.
As 720thinkers, we have a question for you. What can you do that will help you or your business stop waiting and get out in front?