Participating and Overwhelm
The most dramatic symptom of our newly christened PTSD (professional traumatic stress disorder) is the belief that “I can’t afford to be out of the office!” If you believe that this statement is true, “I can’t afford to be out of the office!” is at risk of becoming a mindset that hinders your ability to raise your visibility. You may hate Bruce Willis and scowl anytime you see one of his movies advertised. You might hate conflict and do everything you can to avoid a confrontation. Whatever your mindset might be, it is at risk of pre-determining how you interpret and respond to a situation.
Mindset is a habitual mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to a situation.
Once “I can’t afford to be out of the office!” becomes your mindset, it also becomes your way of interpreting and responding to opportunities to participate in your organization and industry. You start to believe you can’t get out of your office or workstation, and you start to accept that you don’t need to participate in activities at your organization in order to be successful. You stop looking for opportunities to participate. Your visibility evaporates.
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?
Do you have the mindset that you are too busy to participate? Or, are you disinterested in participating and you are rationalizing that you can’t participate because you’re too busy? Regardless of your answer, in today’s fast-paced and fast-changing organizations, you must have a mindset that supports participating in organization and industry activities.
Greg Nicastro, the Executive Vice President of Development at Veracode, a leading cloud-based provider of application security, speaks passionately about the mindset of participating with a purpose. “You have so much traffic coming your way that you must be pragmatic about how you spend your time at work. You must actively shape your environment or you are at risk of your environment shaping you. A key way to be pragmatic with your time and positively shape your environment is to purposely participate in activities that help your clients and your business become very successful.”
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