One of the most important aspects of business that’s not taught in school is experience. You won’t learn what your weaknesses are, how you can end up in a rut or figure out how to think creatively in a classroom. You will learn these things through the experience and growth you gain in your career. When you identify a weakness you have to figure out how to make it into a strength, when you see busywork taking over you need to learn to reprioritize and when you see something that could be improved for the entire company you need to step up and find the creative solution that will make a huge difference in the process and improve company success.
A 3-Step Plan for Turning Weaknesses into Strengths
Harvard Business Review:
We all have some weaknesses that need to be challenged on a regular basis in order for our continued growth. Turning a weakness into a strength comes by knowing what those weaknesses are and providing crucial moments when you can practice that weakness. You then work on this aspect of your career by having more opportunities to challenge your weakness and then develop the emotional competence to feel confident when put into that situation. By identifying the weaknesses you have and putting yourself into a position to challenge that aspect of your professional acumen you’ll have the benefit of the experience you gain each time you challenge yourself. Most likely, you’ll fail a few times before you handle your weakness properly, but you can grow and learn how to become more capable when it comes to the parts of your career that aren’t yet strengths.
How to Stop Busywork from Holding Your Career Progress Back
Fast Company Article:
Are you busy? Of course you are, you’re a professional and have a full plate of work to tackle every day that makes it difficult for you to finish everything you need to do on a daily basis. The problem you may have isn’t being busy but being impactful. Are you spending most of your day in meetings or sending emails? If so you’re looking at a day full if activities that don’t really make a difference in your career or in the project you need to get done. In order to make any changes to this you need to identify the challenges in your work schedule and see where you can cut out some of the busywork in order to make room for the more impactful events throughout your day.
Why UPS Drivers Don’t Turn Left and You Probably Shouldn’t Either
The Conversation Article:
UPS delivers a large number of packages around the world on a daily basis. This company has implemented software to help route trucks on the most efficient manner, which isn’t necessarily the shortest route between two points. In order to reduce the fuel consumption and time wasted at traffic areas these trucks make mostly right hand turns as much as possible. Because most intersections allow right turns on red lights and the drivers don’t have to cross traffic this logic reduces the possibility of accidents and traffic delays where the trucks are idle and waiting. This may sound like the wrong way to go in some cases, but it has shown positive results for UPS. This type of out of the box thinking may be what your company needs to change and improve by implementing a new way of doing something that could have significant long term impacts on the company.