Since this is not a conversation being held widely in organizations, you need to be the following in order to make progress on this vital topic:
- Be Courageous. Depending on the stories you are telling yourself on where you fit in your organization and the degree of value you have been providing, the value creation conversation may take some courage. As you put yourself “out there,” you might fear that your boss’s response to “What value do I create for our organization?” may be “None!” As value creation is a feel-good topic, the likelihood of this is minimal. I’ll provide some talking points in future posts to help ensure that your goals are clear and that the outcome of the conversation is beneficial to you. This may not be an easy conversation to have, so be courageous.
- Be Persistent. You may find that your boss is not sure how to participate in a conversation regarding value creation or your boss may be dismissive. More likely, in your jam-packed, fastpaced, ever-changing business environments, there may never seem to be a good time. This is a conversation worth having, so be persistent.
- Be Patient. You may find that your value creation conversation with your boss might take multiple meetings over a period of time. This is a new conversation, so be patient.
When you are ready to have a conversation with your boss regarding how you can create value for your organization, you can follow certain steps to ensure that you have a healthy and productive conversation.