“Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu
I suppose silence serves a purpose, but when it comes to work and getting assignments that you want, it’s not helpful at all. Actually, it might be one of the most detrimental things to your career advancement.
A great example was shared by a colleague of mine this past week. In this particular situation, one of the heads of department had been asked if they had any members of their team that they’d like to recommend for a short-term international assignment. Evidently, the director got busy (like that NEVER happens) and ended up responding after a few days that no one had been interested.
Well, some days later, this came up at a staff meeting. Sadly, no one had known of this opportunity until seemingly after the fact. One brave person in the room boldly spoke up “I’d love the chance to take on that kind of assignment. Is it too late to be considered?”
Talk about powerful.
Just the simple act of speaking out and naming what you want. And, it turns out this particular person even ended up getting that assignment. The assignment she never would have received had she not raised her hand.
I love thinking about success stories like this to remind me when I see a work colleague who seems to get all the best projects, that all I have to do is ask. Sometimes it might not work out, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
When did you last ask for something you wanted?
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by Channon C.