"If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission." - Anonymous
When Nate and I first kissed we were walking to my hotel room so I could grab a jacket; at the door, he asked if he could kiss me. It was a great kiss...and obviously worked since we're now over a decade and a kid in BUT I remember thinking, you idiot, just GO for it. I mean - I let him walk me to my HOTEL ROOM. Men sometimes....
Like pretty much 99.9% of all things, whatever makes the most sense in business also rings true for life. I hate the adage, It's Just Business. Personally, I don't agree, but that's a point for another post.
It is mind blowing to me how many emails I am on where there is a very specific problem that continues to circle the drain because NO ONE on the chain wants to take the extra time to solve the problem. There are so many people who just want to be able to say, "that's not my job", "I did what I was told", or "I was waiting for (insert name's) response before I followed up".
A few years ago, my Key Account Manager was going on maternity leave. Her senior customer service Account Manager put a meeting on my calendar and explained how she wanted to move up, and with Nichole going on maternity leave, she wanted to show what she was capable of and asked if there was an opportunity to do so. I was THRILLED. Here was someone taking the initiative and noticing that there were going to be three months of work without a temp coming in. I couldn't wait to see what she could do and how she would implement new ideas. I told her I couldn't wait to see what she put together and that I would let her have the floor on any project she wanted to tackle.
Nothing happened. Ever. No follow up. No plans. No emails. Nothing.
It was like our conversation never happened.
So, I assumed she took a beat and decided she was content and didn't need to move up - and I was fine with that.
Months later, I heard that she had complained that entire three months regarding the conversation she had with me and that nothing came of it. I was floored. Here was someone who had taken the time to have the conversation, but then waited for me to provide the outline.
It just doesn't work like that, guys. And not because I didn't want to. Or because your boss doesn't think you're up for it. There is literally a time cap on our bandwidth - and it is usually already overloaded before the week even starts.
If you see a hole, fill it. If there is a problem, fix it. Stop asking. Stop waiting. It will literally be a game changer, it will make you stand out from the crowd in the loudest and brightest way.