We occasionally need to take inventory of what we “bring to the table” to advance our personal stake and holdings in the world … to advance the enterprise(s) in which we are engaged … to advance the profession or industry with which we are associated … to advance our community and the world at large.
Here are a few things the world is desperately looking for – things the “IT” in “Bringing IT” might include:
Ideas … experience … energized engagement … sense of Mission / Purpose … affirmations … commitments to contribute … curiosity … creativity … solutions … persistence / perseverance … leadership … stretch goals … specialized hard skills … industry-standard “Soft Skills” … some depth of knowledge (e.g., about things other than video games, Jeopardy, cat videos, entertainers, and baseball statistics) … collaborative attitude … cooperative inclination … Standards of Excellence … exemplary work ethic … portfolio of notable achievements …
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“He was a young man marked for great things,
given his intellect, his work ethic
and his ability to relate to others.”
President, Eastern Kentucky University
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Intellect we can’t change. [Oh, but there’s emerging evidence that says maybe we CAN! http://equippingminds.com/ ] However, “work ethic”, hard and soft skills, “ability to relate to others” and all the rest are things we CAN improve to a point of excelling.
If you were to bring to the table ONE ATTRIBUTE or ONE NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT or ONE ENHANCEMENT/ADVANCEMENT OFFERING this week or this month, what would it be?
What have you got to work with? Are you using everything you’ve got productively?
Let’s bring everything we’ve got … and keep getting as much MORE of “IT” as we can muster! Quartermaster