Sometimes that thing that “everyone” is saying (especially online) just turns out to be … not true.
Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram are chock full of theories, analysis, pitches and argumentation, and so much of it is simply noise.
And you know what social media is also overflowing with? Cat videos.
Look — who doesn’t love cat videos?? But the point is this: just because the crowd thinks something is great or true, doesn’t make it so.
I find myself shaking my head at so much of the “advice” thrown around out there for recent college grads and Chicago business owners. Not that I have anything against inspiration — I truly don’t — but so much of what passes for good advice out there can lead you into a trap of your own making. Trust me as someone who has been there.
So I’m taking aim at some common pieces of advice for managing your career or business today.
And since I enjoy this kind of topic, I’d love to hear any examples from you of this “conventional thinking” that turned out to be wrong. Shoot me an email through the link at the top of this page; I’m always on the hunt for this stuff.
Building Your Career: For Chicago Workers
“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” -Stephen R. Covey
Mindlessly conforming to conventional wisdom about how to thrive in your calling is something I think we should all avoid. But with every (bad) magazine and social media post tossing around conventional wisdom left and right, allow me to question some of it…
“Just do your job”
Your job description is a bare minimum. Fulfilling it means you’ll probably keep your job, or that client contract, but you won’t stand out when buyers are re-upping contracts or managers are deciding whom to promote. Push the envelope a little so your contact sees that you’re committed to helping the organization, not just safeguarding your position or contract.
“Never say ‘No'”
You can’t do everything, know everything, or even attempt everything your boss or contractor asks. Be willing to admit when you don’t have the answer, or that you don’t have time for every assignment. Then work with your contact to solve the problem, and accommodate his or her needs.
“Always go for the promotion or the larger contract”
You don’t have to accept more projects than you’re ready for, or that Chicago management position that doesn’t match your goals. Pursuing advancement for its own sake may lead you on a business path you don’t really want. Be sure of what you’re going for, and let your manager know what you’re interested in. Then get to work preparing yourself for the position you do want.
Aim for quality, not quantity, when you network. A “contacts” list with 700 names of people who barely know you won’t be much help when you need specific assistance. Instead, be selective so you can maintain solid connections with people who can really help you with your career or in the growth of your business. Go deep — not wide.
I’m just grateful for our chance to serve you and your business — and we are dedicated to every part of its success, even the strategy part.
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