In a recent conversation with a friend working in government she confided that, due to budget cuts, she had been asked to ¨self manage¨. I.e., work without a manager or direct supervisor to help and guide her. She had to talk to herself about what to do next and if her choices were good or not. At the risk of seeming like a cray person, sparring with yourself out loud, what can you do to stay engaged in such a situation? Especially when there is no one around to motivate you, or when you are in a business environment with low morale?
Here are a few tips:
- Do you have a vision within the vision? In other words, do you have a smaller personal vision that is aligned with the larger company vision? If not, create one – or get help creating one. It is instrumental that you feel that the company vision forwards both your professional and personal goals somewhat.
- Are you dissatisfied? That means you want something. The kiss of death at your job or in your project is when you no longer care. If you have complaints, underneath there is almost always a commitment to something better. List your complaints, what could be done about them, and who could help resolve them.
- Collaborate-collaborate-collaborate. Like the saying goes, ¨No one of us is as good as all of us.¨ Not to mention the manpower and elbow grease you get from working with others, the treasure trove of ideas and new ways of doings things that others provide are immeasurable. Not to mention the fun factor – it’s so much more fun to work with others than alone most of the time. It fosters engagement in every way. A day that you are down they will bring you up, and on a strong day, you’ll take others with you.
- Become an expert. Rather than clocking in and out, learn everything there is to know about your job. Not only will your work gain a new depth for you, it may also lend you a certain autonomy where your knowledge is highly valued by the company.
Not engaged yet? Simply remember that every idea takes flight in a conversation. While it may feel like over communicating, communicate more. Connecting more with others may just be what you need to get yourself going, thinking and moving forward…