Employers value those who are open to opportunities
WITH JACKIE DE LUZ WATANABE
A VOLUNTEER WITH THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT HAWAII CHAPTER AND PRESIDENT FOR BIG ISLAND TOYOTA AND DE LUZ CHEVROLET
Cultivating a reputation as someone willing to try new things can be beneficial in most workplaces. Admittedly, it can be difficult to balance a healthy appetite for new projects with a focus on the current job at hand. Stepping forward to take on an additional assignment may sometimes feel risky, but it shouldn’t. Being open to opportunity generally contributes to an overall sense that a person is a team player.
Q: How can I take advantage of a new opportunity when I’m too busy now?
A: First, responding to a new opportunity might only take a few minutes to say, “I would be available to help with this tomorrow.” When looking at what is making you feel too busy, try to determine what is important versus what is urgent. Something that is important might be fine if delayed briefly while you respond to a new opportunity. Other things that seem urgent may not be important and can also wait in favor of responding to an opportunity that has more potential impact.
Q: Isn’t it better to say ‘no’ than to take on too many things?
A: Yes, it’s generally better to do a good job on a few things than a terrible job on more things. But successful people find ways to balance their demands and time so that they can do a good job on more things. A good place to start is by having a firm and definite list of “must do” things every day. By starting with a list of three things that you commit to accomplishing that very day, you will start to make headway in managing your time.
Q: I’m afraid that my schedule will get out of control if I say ‘yes’ to too many new things. So now what?
A: Facing fear and taking action in spite of it — or because of it — is an important leadership quality. You will still control what you say “yes” totomorrow. Saying “yes” to one new opportunity does not mean that you have to open the floodgates. Exercise judgment and try new ways of approaching your schedule to see what works best for you.