What relevance does professional synergy have within your professional development strategy?
Throughout February, you and I focus on steps you can take to catalyze your professional innovation: one millimeter at a time.
First, February 2’s post revolves around the importance of developing a habit of self-affirmation. Next, February 9’s post colors outside the lines of your self-imposed professional boundaries.
Today’s post rediscovers your professional synergy. The sum of all the stuff you know is far greater than you acknowledge and affirm. Do you leverage professional synergy as a key component of your professional development strategy?
After all, you do know a lot of stuff you do not give yourself credit for or think is insignificant or unimportant. Also, the sum of what you know includes skills, mindset and knowledge residing outside of your job description or professional discipline. Yet, everything you know influences the quality of your professional input, throughput and output.
Plus, what you know may not be part of your workplace acknowledgement and reward system. However, your skills, talents, mindset and ethics is far greater than the sum of each discrete part. These skills are what you always show up with. These are hardwired into your professional (and personal) DNA. Why not put them all together and recombine them towards what is new and next for you?
Is it time for professional synergy to catalyze your next steps forward? Do your next steps include swimming beyond your current professional discipline?
If you follow the Olympics, you learn about the athlete’s backstories. These athletes realize that success is transient, even if it is their fifth Games. Thus, these athletes also train to set their sites on their next professional horizon. However, their athletic training, mindset, skills and discipline will always contribute to their professional ethics and performance.
Some athletes define a Plan B (or C or D): a strategy for addressing what is new and next. Perhaps their Plan leverages their athletic reputation to catalyze an entrepreneurial, sports-related business. However, others will leverage their mindset, skillsets and discipline into new and next careers such as biomechanical engineering.
Their professional horizon leverages their professional synergy to catalyze what is new and next. Along the way, they develop the habit of self-affirmation even when things go very wrong. Plus, they grow as people by growing their network beyond the boundaries of what and who they already know.
How about you? Take a few moments and define the components catalyzing your professional synergy at this particular one millimeter moment.
Professional synergy adopts what you already (think you) know. Then, you develop the habit of continuously adapting and applying your mindset, skills and knowledge towards personal and professional targets which redefine your professional horizon. Yes, your next One Millimeter Mindset® steps forward may take you into completely uncharted professional waters. However, those waters are exactly the ones you just may need to swim in: today, tomorrow and moving forward.
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Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset™ programs catalyze people who solve problems differently to collaborate more successfully. Become more professionally visible, cross-functionally relevant, and strategically valuable as you create and implement innovative and 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). Babette is a member of the SHRM, PMI, the National Speakers Association (NSA). Her 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.