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Just Do It...

September 8th, 2016 at 03:18 am

Instead of just talking about what I "need" to be doing, I need to Just Do IT. Do the "hard" stuff that makes a huge impact in my life.

At work I accepted a promotion, which is very exciting, but slightly terrifying. I know I can do the job. I have been studying this field for quite a while, and have lots of experience behind me now. I just have some bad habits regarding how I deal with conflict and giving directions.

My professional goal is to be more direct at work. This means having self confidence in what I am saying, and changing some of my communication habits so that I come across as a credible leader. I know that speaking more directly will save time, keep little problems from becoming big ones, and should help everyone perform better. It will also help me feel better. It's no fun to always second guess your decisions, or to be constantly hesitating before saying anything, it's anxiety-producing. I am ready to build some better communication skills!

Goal for this week: Give directions directly, not in a "roundabout" way. Say it confidently, because it is nothing personal, it's about doing the job.

5 Responses to “Just Do It...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I bet after a few times it will be come more natural to be direct. And if appropriate, maybe explain WHY if you think anything might be misunderstood or questioned.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Congratulations! And I agree with CCF. I'm not a natural leader but have spent quite a bit of time in supervisory positions, so I had to develop a leadership style, and after a while I came to the same conclusion as you. Direct is definitely better, as well as good documentation of what you ask and the outcome. It's nothing personal as you say. Positive reinforcement (a congratulatory email about a job well done) is a good counterpoint to instruction and critique, and makes some employees motivated to do even better next time (though not always).

  3. snafu Says:

    Congratulations on promotion. I suggest taking advantage of timing as just now community colleges and universities have catalogues outlining supervisory courses that include enhancing incredibly important communication skills. I don't know if you ever read those articles that explain factors that make you the most valuable employee but taking initiative to enrol in courses to increase skill sets are always in the top group. The other helpful factor is the opportunity to meet others in your field to build your network.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    i FIND THAT most moms are very good at giving their kids directives! Why not keep that in mind when you're dealing with your coworkers?

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Congrats on your promotion!

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