Tuesday, April 27, 2010
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
To not dare is to lose oneself. ~Soren Kierkegaard
The Question of the Day today on the Just Do It Team ….
In order for growth to occur we need to stretch ourselves, try new things out, speak up and be heard, and reach out. All of these examples are risky and come with potential unpleasant repercussions. However, risking also carries with it untold rewards!
How often to do you take risks?
Although, I’ve never jumped out of a plane.
And I am an avid planner and To do List maker.
I still do believe there’s at least one chance everyday to put myself out there.
But, how much risk could there be in a day?
Today I did watch for opportunities to take risks. Overall, I did see about 10. I took most, some I let go by. Thankfully, no one died or had serious injuries today as a result ;-)
But here are a few things that resulted ….
Part of my morning each work day is spent working with my overseas team on issues that have escalated overnight. This morning I was on a conference call with one of my junior team mates in Manila. They were asking my advice on how to solve a problem for the client.
I said something like, “If I were you, I’d ask the client blah blah, and then check this and that.”
So we are ending our call, and my team mate says, “So, then will you call and ask the client blah blah then, and let me know what to do next?”
I am thinking “HUH??? NO! Why can’t you be more confident and talk to the client? Why don’t you do what I said, rather than dropping this in my lap?”
But I said, “It is your case, why would I call the client?” And he says, without missing a beat, “You said, ‘If I were you, I”D ask the client’ I thought you wanted to ask. I didn’t understand it either.”
“AHA!”” So we both get a bit of a laugh over the way English doesn’t translate quite as literally when it’s your second language. And I realize had I not spoke up, I would have missed this chance to have a laugh and also likely avoid similar miscommunications in the future.
There were several other opportunities today. (We are in deep into yearly evaluation time, and I am in the middle of two projects. I could also rant a bit about how it must be pretty standard that you have run out of most of your daily allotment of patience by the time you need to discuss something with your spouse concerning finances.)
After lunch, I saw someone had scheduled a meeting for 3-5PM this afternoon. It was a large meeting, internal, not with the client, but rather more around the yearly evaluations. I looked at the long line of invitees and thought I should probably attend.
And then I reasoned that I had started my day at 6:30AM, whereas others did not start until 9. And that I had planned to head to my kickboxing class by 4, and my time is important, and had also been planned prior to lunchtime today. So I spent only a few minutes in decision before I told my boss I had an appointment I just could not reschedule and couldn’t make the meeting. He actually was happy to cover for me.
And then the afternoon ended as I was leaving kickboxing class with DH. I wanted to stop at the front desk to pay for the upcoming month.
Now at the front desk there is usually 1 of 2 people. Mrs. Rigby, the owner, always smiling, very pleasant, or the she demon they have hired as a receptionist. And, as DH and I were walking from the workout room, I laughed and said, “I wonder if Miss Pleasant is here today” And, as luck would have it, she was. Worse she looked busy. (Which is not a good look for her. It makes her eyes glint sparks of fire.)
OK, OK, I am a bit dramatic. She irks me. It always seems to be an interruption of her day to wait on me and take my money. And since it’s such a small place, I just don’t want the hassle. Yep, I avoid her.
So, anyway, I decide today that I am going to deal with her and that she is not going to irritate me. And that I will find a humorous way to deal with whatever comes up. So, as I am standing there with my bill and my card, she reaches out and says, “You ready?” No smile … no Hello. And I say “Yes” smile, and hand her my attendance card and my credit card.
And then I ask her how her day is. And she says good, stops and smiles. She rings up the card and then she hands me the receipt and pen. So I sign the receipt and I am handing her back the pen and receipt, and I am holding my water bottle and wallet, and trying to lean over the girl in front of me filling out a form. And she is trying to take the receipt and the pen, but also hand me back my credit card and my attendance card. And it becomes this juggling act where we both seem to have our hands full - trying to hand each other something.
And I really have no idea why but it just was funny. We both looked at each other and laughed. There weren’t even any fire sparks in her eye. Maybe Thursday, I’ll stop by the desk just to say “Hi.”
Unless you think it sounds too risky?