Ever had one of those guests to dinner that brings nothing with them for the host… wines and dines all night and doesn’t bat an eyelid as they wave goodnight on their way out the door? I’m thinking most of us have met that person.
Professionally, turning up with nothing but a blank mind, and blank notepad is no different.
Right now in the workplace, turning up with no prep, no insight or ideas on a constructive way forwards - is just not enough if you’re going to assist your employer or support your own business on the pathway to Post COVID recovery .
As a consultant, we’re expected to ‘hit the ground running’ and arrive with solutions – sometimes the expectation to have immediate answers is unrealistic – but that’s what our clients pay us for – our expertise, our focus and being present to support their teams during times of pressure and peak resourcing requirements.
At all levels of business, and as head counts are being scrutinized with Jobkeeper soon to end, it’s going to be important for all of us in the workforce to be proactive, useful and demonstrate our value.
Some useful tips that I've found useful in boosting effectiveness when working in uncertain and pressured circumstances
If 2020 has taught us anything in terms of business practices, it’s the importance of honing our skills to be effective problem solvers and team players at a time of constant change and high pressure. Highlight your value and usefulness – come to the table with insight and provide value - don’t be that person.
Anne Baker is founder and director of Melbourne based marketing consultancy, Two Crowns Marketing Communications.
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