What’s Stopping You?

What is stopping you from moving ahead or moving up in your career? Let’s do a quick survey to capture the perceived concerns, problems or walls that are complicating your advancement and growth. If there is one word or one short sentence that captures this, please respond in the comments below.

We will see what others are finding problematic as well and base future posts off of the responses.

Starter ideas: lack of specific skills? finding the right contact? not knowing the next step to break out of your current role?

Action: Create a comment below with the one word or sentence that you think is stopping you.


Walking and Linking

One of our roles as managers/supervisors is to know who is doing what and linking them to other employees working on new or similar topics, creating new opportunities to collaborate. Bringing ideas together provides the personal and company growth, creating an entrepreneurial atmosphere, found in many start-up companies today. For these reasons, if you actually know what employees are working on and take interest, then are able to see the skill environment around your company or area, and you are more apt to see areas of collaboration. This is part of your job, mentoring often, with direct and specific feedback, then linking minds together.

Everyone brings different backgrounds, influences, skills and knowledge to their position. By bringing staff together to brainstorm and/or discuss their specific attributes to a project or role, the formation of alliances and collaborations take hold and allow new thoughts to stimulate.

Have small groups meet around staff workstations to discuss a project or topic, let creativity and open thinking be the norm for these sessions. Experiment with different staff members with different groups. After a while, small group meetings will become common and ideas hopefully pervasive.

ToDo – Think of staff members who bringing together could be creative by discussing their work/projects together. While you are meeting with someone at their workstation, ask if they ever discussed their current project with ______. Make it a point to bring them together and open the discussion by having them briefly discuss their specific work. This is a great opportunity to praise work in front of others.