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Stand up and lead, Part II

Yes, the world has changed. Times have gotten tougher, but so have we. Ten years from now, you will be able to look back on these days and see people you know who emerged with tremendous success because they stepped up and made the significant contributions that helped turn things around. Right now is your greatest moment to see how you can be one of the people who pitched in and made a difference.

But, you have to stop whining about how tough things are, about how much times have changed, about how bad it is out there. I am telling you – this is your moment. This is your greatest opportunity to step forward and demonstrate what you are made of. Your brilliance is needed, so figure out what you have to offer and position yourself to offer it.

There are chain-of-command and office political dynamics that may interfere with your ability to gain position to make a difference, but figure those things out. Make the connections you need to make by being visible, volunteering for extra assignments, and being a positive force with ideas and energy.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you made a conscious decision to get in front of these challenges and be a player?
  • What are your greatest strengths? What can you contribute?
  • Are you viewed as a “go-to” person? If so, are you delivering the goods? If not, what do you need to change?
  • If you were the big boss, what would you change to make the company more successful during tough times?
  • How can you stretch beyond your defined role to take an active role in the solutions process?
  • Do you have access to the people who can help you implement some of the ideas you have?
  • If not, how will you expand your network to include those people?
  • How can you best communicate your thoughts and ideas without being shut down?
  • Are you working hard enough?

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1 Comment
  1. Question: can I be a change agent and still whine?

    Cuz I really enjoy the whining part 🙂

    I just referred a friend to your site and of course got caught by your blog and spent a hour catching up….it was worth the time spent, as always!

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