The result of stepping up

April 28, 2012 at 10:45 am 1 comment

The thing about stepping up is that it can yield mixed results in the short term. When you put yourself out there, for menial tasks and larger risks, it doesn’t always mean you get what you wanted. I know that seems obvious – I mean, that’s life –  but if we’re talking about work, I think it’s an important truth to keep in mind. Otherwise, if you step up and are told “No” or otherwise rejected, you might never step up again.

The truth is, what matters is that you stepped up, not the outcome. Especially at my level, we often have no real control over decisions that are made. But if we offer our thoughts on them when appropriate – which is stepping up – in a reasoned and strategic way, I believe that gets noticed.

And since there are always multiple different ways to step up and lead every single day. So you might step up with an idea and have that idea get rejected in the morning, and by the afternoon you’ve stepped up to complete a languishing task and play an active role in a meeting.

What matters most, as I mentioned the other day, is really the delivery – I think you want to make sure to be respectful and thoughtful and confident in general. I suppose those the context and your portrait matter most for determining the appropriate kind of delivery.

Regardless, the decision to step up and your delivery are key – largely because they are what you have the most control over. The results? Well, as with anything, they are sure to be mixed. But your consistent willingness to step up will get noticed.


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  • 1. April Wrap Up and May Kickoff « Undefined Ambition  |  May 3, 2012 at 1:47 am

    […] such as time management, Twitter and work, and , probably my favorite mini series, stepping up and its results. I also tried to expand my blogging horizon by taking on politics and current events, book reviews, […]


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