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I always thought keeping a well run, no-surprise team with happy staff members was the way to progress in my career.
All it was, was the way to keep my job.
All I looked was competent.
Without anyone outside my boss knowing my achievements, I never got offered roles. I always had to ask for an opportunity. Yet, I could see people around me being offered roles. How did that happen? Why were they being offered a role and I wasn’t?
So, I started to take a different approach.
I began to think of myself as my own PR Manager.
I began to talk openly about my challenges, ask for guidance, talk about my successes and talk about what I’d like to do. I looked for opportunities to create my own role or tweak my role to what I wanted to do and to play to my strengths.
When opportunities are presented I now have a ‘just say yes’ approach and work it out later.
Earlier in my career, I used to change jobs when a difficult situation seemed like an immovable blocker. Usually just when support was gathering around me.
To get to the other side of big problems demonstrates perseverance, courage and aptitude. It also demonstrates to senior leaders that you are able to ask for help and you’re able to learn and stick at it – you don’t let yourself or your team drown.
It takes time to build credibility.
And, there have been times I’ve needed to sound the alarm and ask for help and say things like ‘I’m overwhelmed’.
This has not led to the death of my career.
The important thing I’ve learnt is that sometimes the philosophy of ‘I can do it on my own’ is not useful in the workplace.
Independence is great, isolation is not.
Be open to support. Everyone has troubles in the workplace – the crazy project, the poor performer, the bully to deal with.
I’ve learnt that by being patient, staying calm (mostly) and waiting things out (with limits) has led to greater support and acceptance of who I am and how I am as a leader.
If I can do this in a senior role in IT, you can too.
This is why I wrote ‘I’m Ready Now!’ to help provide a set of activities to build up your confidence, sense of direction and deliberately plan out your next promotion.
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