The Wisdom of the Crowd

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"To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions." -Stephen R. Covey

Mindlessly conforming to conventional wisdom about how to thrive in your calling is something I think we should all avoid. But with every (bad) magazine and social media post tossing around conventional wisdom left and right, allow me to question some of it...

"Just do your job"
Your job description is a bare minimum. Fulfilling it means you'll probably keep your job, or that client contract, but you won't stand out when buyers are re-upping contracts or managers are deciding whom to promote. Push the envelope a little so your contact sees that you're committed to helping the organization, not just safeguarding your position or contract.

"Never say 'No'"
You can't do everything, know everything, or even attempt everything your boss or contractor asks. Be willing to admit when you don't have the answer, or that you don't have time for every assignment. Then work with your contact to solve the problem, and accommodate his or her needs.

"Always go for the promotion or the larger contract" 
You don't have to accept more projects than you're ready for, or that management position that doesn't match your goals. Pursuing advancement for its own sake may lead you on a business path you don't really want. Be sure of what you're going for, and let your manager know what you're interested in. Then get to work preparing yourself for the position you do want.

"Network constantly"
Aim for quality, not quantity, when you network. A "contacts" list with 700 names of people who barely know you won't be much help when you need specific assistance. Instead, be selective so you can maintain solid connections with people who can really help you with your career or in the growth of your business. Go deep -- not wide.

Implement these solid suggestions and begin to enjoy the rewards.  And...of course...

BE THE ROAR not the echo®  

Warmly,

Janet Behm
Utah Real Estate Accountants
(801) 278-2700



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