How much latitude do you have in your job to make mistakes? Seriously, do you feel nervous or anxious about it (beyond the normal frustration of overlooking something or making a small error)?
Are you supposed to be superhuman at work and never make a mistake?
Fail Quickly! Ha!
Okay...let's just stop right here for a minute. Quick show of hands, how many of you get excited about failing really quickly with your new ideas in front of your leaders and employees?
Right. Neither do I.
Sure, I get the whole "go for it approach." I've spent years trying new things.
However, I've been able to lead that way because I worked in this organization and now work here and both places afforded me lots of flexibility to be creative, succeed, and yes, sometimes fail without repercussions.
It's that last part - without repercussions - that often stands in the way of failing quickly as a good thing.
When the world thinks you're supposed to be perfect...every time...how do you survive?
How do you dare to push and twist and turn and risk and gamble on new ideas to stay competitive and relevant if you're going to be punished if you fail?
Three steps is what it takes.
1. Use language that aligns to your business, not human resources. Demonstrate why your idea adds value to the business, not some lame HR jargon filled spiel.
2. Know what you're talking about. Don't throw around terms and strategies you don't fully understand. Be confident.
3. Act with conviction and do it. Don't be timid or scared. Behave as if the other skeptics in the room are out of touch, not you. Take the risk. Don't worry if you're alone. That's how this works.
How About You
Don't you think it's time you pushed that idea forward that you've had rolling around in your head for so long? I do too. Get your plan together and go for it. If you want a sounding board, call me at 727.809.4425 and we'll talk through it.
I'd love to hear from you.
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