Being comfortably uncollaborative has its workplace advantages.
Apparently, you are as risk-averse as they come. In fact, when decisions need to be made, you often are invited to meetings for the sole purpose of stalling projects and delaying decisions. As a result, you become the company “naysayer.”
Then again, are you “known” for being intentionally unimaginative and unknowledgeable? While you are not a naysayer type, you experience the same result.
You are marginalized from the collaborative process. Because you have perfected the art of being comfortably uncollaborative. Or have you?
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When it boils down to it, being comfortably uncollaborative is just an excuse.
In fact, you have the essential expertise that teams need for innovation. Yet, your naysayer or uncreative façades are successful cover ups! Because, in fact, you are quite collaborative and imaginative. Except that you are choosy. You are selective about the projects to which you lend your exceptional brain power, insights, passion and emotions.
In your mind, not every project or initiative is worth being made into a big, collaborative production. From your perspective, collaboration is not about “everyone getting along with everyone else,” either.
In fact, collaboration is a hero’s or heroine’s tale. There is nothing comfortably uncollaborative involved.
In actuality, you wait for “someone” somewhere in the organization to invite you to help them on their innovative hero’s quest. Except, consider this. The “someone” you are waiting for does not know who you are or what you can do, with them and for them.
Is that scenario your professional status quo?
Then, how can you make the valuable and profitable collaborative contributions which are bouncing around inside your head? Unfulfilled? Your organization needs you to collaborate with them to drive revenue and impact customer experience and customer retention.
Why continue to hold yourself back from moving forward, professionally?
Consequently, you are like Cinderella. Hidden away in your organization’s value stream. Invisible to everyone outside of your department (and maybe even inside your department, as well).
Except that this time, you are ready to be invited. To take that next step forward, beyond remaining comfortably uncollaborative.
Consider this. Perhaps your real next step is to stop waiting around for an invitation to take control of your career trajectory. Today.
Instead, learn how to move one millimeter beyond the perceived risk of making yourself known outside of your department, and across the organization.
- Discover what (and who) intimidates you, and why.
- Learn how to be regarded as an innovator, instead of an order-taker.
- Create revenue-generating professional opportunities throughout your career.
Here is my invitation to you. Take that first step forward! Contact me today. Set up brief, free appointment. Click on this link to get started.
Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset™ speaking programs showcase how profitable collaboration between STEM professionals, knowledge workers and manual workers bridges customer experience gaps. Move beyond what seems risky and discover your professional opportunities. Her professional speaker profile appears on the espeakers platform. She is a member of SME, ASQ, SHRM and the National Speakers Association. Babette’s Playbook of collaboration hacks, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com.
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