Each of you has a one millimeter that you must journey professionally, to get to where you really need to go.
First, keep in mind that each of you has your own, specific one millimeter to move beyond. That millimeter is the space, place, or scenario which gives you professional pause. The place that makes you hesitate and even creates fear of the unknown or unexplored.
Next, understand that the distance of your own, specific one millimeter initially seems to stretch off into an endless horizon. Thus, your concept of what lies beyond that single millimeter is daunting, keeping you comfortably ensconced where you are today.
Then again, your colleagues may discover that their one millimeters to journey are more defined. They can see the horizon; the journey does not appear endless or daunting to them. Consequently, they are less reluctant to take their first steps forward. As a result, they more easily move beyond their hesitation and explore what ideas reside beyond.
I’m not getting cosmic or existential on you. Rather, gently urging you to discover your own, specific one millimeter to journey professionally. Because your self-realization impacts how you show up to work each day, moving forward. As a result, you become more aware of how you interact and solve problems individually and collectively. And while it is comforting to spend your time defining where and how colleagues hesitate, their professional millimeters are their own concerns.
You, on the other hand, must focus on the one millimeter you must journey professionally to better serve your colleagues and clients, together.
Because once you define the nature, scope, values, principles, processes, tools and biases you must journey beyond, your next steps matter. Will you make the choice to take action and move forward to explore what resides beyond? Or, will you remain where you are and once again rationalize remaining comfortable?
It is easy to justify remaining professionally comfortable, especially when you work in cultures which seem inflexible and prescriptive. However, those cultures and business models may have quite a lot of wiggle room for professional exploration. In fact, you also have far more wiggle room for professional exploration than you give yourself credit for.
The key to professional innovation is making the choice to do things one millimeter differently than you are comfortable and confident doing things, today. The difference made in taking your first one millimeter step forward catalyzes your career trajectory as a cross functional leader.
How and what will you choose to do differently to get to where you really need to go: today, tomorrow, and future forward? Together. One millimeter at a time. Take these next steps!
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Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset™ programs catalyze people who solve problems differently to collaborate more successfully across business, human resources, and operations silos. Become more professionally visible, cross-functionally relevant, and strategically valuable as you create and implement innovative yet robust business outcomes together. Babette is a business-oriented STEM professional, qualitative Voice of the Customer facilitator, PMI-certified Wicked Problem Solver, Duke Corporate Education licensed Strategic Agility practitioner, and Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality). She is a member of the ASQ, SHRM, PMI, the National Speakers Association (NSA). Babette’s playbook of cross-functional collaboration, Do YOU Mean Business? is available in soft cover and digital formats on Amazon.com. Contact Babette here. Image source: Adobe Stock.