Manufacture Your Day by LEARNING AND GROWING
I truly believe that we need to see more authenticity in our workplaces but this doesn’t mean that you should stop striving to be more and become more as a human being.
This should never stop, no matter how high you rank in the organization you work for or even if you are a business owner.
The challenge is that many people think, “I am who I am. Take it or leave it.”
Of course, it’s everyone’s choice to have this kind of thoughts but chances are you will hit the ceiling at some point and won’t go any further. This may be career wise or profit wise.
If you do get promoted without your eagerness to learn and to grow, you may start to drown in self-doubt, and here is why.
Do you think you need different skills when you get promoted?
Do you believe a Vice President needs to have a different skill set than a General Manager? Does a supervisor need different skills than a worker?
Of course. Every new position needs not only a different skill set but also a different mindset and a whole new way of thinking and speaking.
Have you developed new skills since you have become a parent? I sure hope so.
The further you go in your life and in your career, the more you have to become.
This should be common sense but common sense isn’t common these days.
Have you seen the following scenario before? A great worker who is highly skilled has been promoted. In his new position he seems totally out of place. He is frustrated, stressed and not able able to lead the team to new heights. His fault? No, this is called setting a person up for failure.
If someone is a great worker, it doesn’t mean that this person has the natural ability to be a leader and bring synergy to a group of people. Some may not even want to be promoted. However, for the most part people will develop nicely if they get the training and the support they need.
Who wouldn’t want employees who work well together, know how to regulate their emotional state and are productive beyond measure?
Have you ever heard about the Peter Principle?
“This theory originated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter. It states that successful members of a hierarchical organization are eventually promoted to their highest level of competence, after which further promotion raises them to a level at which they are not competent.” Excerpt psychology.wikia.org
Different challenges in your personal and in your professional life, will demand a “new You”. Not a biggie, but awareness is the first step to stay ahead of the game.
Food for Thought:
I encourage you to determine how many people you see who have been promoted beyond their level of competence.
Please read the Forbes article: