Monday, October 31, 2011 1:00 PM
I recently was presented with an opportunity at work that I immediately shut down saying that I didn't want anything to do with it. The opportunity has to do with managing people and I've always associated that with tons of meetings, processes & policies, evaluations, projects, and bureaucracy. I have to say, it's taken awhile but I love what I do now, and the thought of giving up my client work in order to manage people didn't sound like the right move for me...initially.
As I thought about it more and talked to some friends and family, I began to see things differently. What if I didn't have to give up my clients? What if I could keep some of them and begin working on training and developing some junior people on our team? I loooove training and development, and I already involved myself in that as much as possible. I also love relationship management (which is what I currently do). So, why not marry the two? I'm not sure if my manager would be open to the idea or not, but I can certainly propose it, right?
The more I thought about it, the more attractive the idea seemed. I found myself wishing that I'd taken time to think about it before I said no. Where are my negotiation skills? Where is this open mind that I'm always talking about? *sigh* In my mind, it's never too late so I went and talked to the person and ended up having an awesome discussion and throwing lots of ideas around. So, we'll see what happens.
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about lifestyle and career and how I want to shape my life. I have the vision but don't necessarily know what all of the small puzzle pieces will need to look like to create that vision. And that's OK. This situation reminded me to keep my mind open and look for "myself" in all opportunities that are presented to me.
*When approached with a new opportunity, always think and ask questions before you respond. Be creative with your thinking. Sleep on it, if possible.
*Avoid people who complain and put a negative spin on everything. They can affect your attitude with you even realizing it and your negative perception could cause you to overlook opportunities.