Last week I attended a training workshop. Among the other delegates were several from a well-known national retail chain. There were three senior executives and one store manager. To protect the innocent, let’s call the store manager Emma.
Emma was nervous – she had paid to attend the workshop herself. She had engaged one of the facilitators as a personal coach. The executives had their attendance paid for by the company.
Should the senior people not be nervous instead? Here was a bright, young, ambitious professional investing in her own future. They should be doing everything possible to nourish, nurture, encourage and retain Emma, this rising star. If Emma is not encouraged by her current employer, she will surely leave a big hole when she moves on to an employer who really believes in her and backs her. Emma had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The words of Earl Nightingale in “Lead the Field” sum this situation up nicely.
The men and women who are certain to advance are the ones who become too big for their jobs, who have a clear concept of what they want to be, who know that they can become what they want to become, and who are determined to be what they want to be. Remind yourself at this time that people become exactly what they make up their minds to become.
Are you too big for your present job? If it’s obvious to you that you are, it’s obvious to others. People are not “given” promotions, as a rule. They promote themselves by becoming too big for their jobs, and by making up their minds exactly what bigger and better jobs, or incomes, they’re shooting for. And this is done by taking one day at a time, one task at a time, during each day.