Yes at least every one or two years..
Am I insane ?
But I know why I’m doing it so I don’t mind the label. Perhaps you’d be wondering why I’m doing it but once you read this through you’ll understand why – and chance is you’re testing it to your team.
So here’s 7 things that I have found to be good reasons for you to try :
#1 You will learn to speak positive things about yourself and your job.
This happens, when you’re spending years doing the same role and you’ll get bored and started thinking that there’s no excitement of doing it – that you need another challenges. That is human. And you start thinking that the grass in another yard is greener. That is human as well. Yet we both know that is not always the fact.
When you start selling yourself you will learn to put positive words (trust me nobody wants to hire someone who puts negative words) on what you do, then you’ll learn to see that it is actually not bad, and you know what – seems like it’s still aligned with what you really seek in life.
#2 You will learn to listen to yourself better and get to understand what you really seek in a career life.
Have you ever had a conversation with yourself ?
I do that every morning or on the ride to the office. Amazing thing! When you start listening to yourself talking you can suddenly get another point of view of a different person. You found new things that you haven’t figured out and somehow you’re amazed of yourself and end up saying, ‘well, seems like I did good….” or “I never think that way before.. “
The same effect when you become a teacher or a trainer, you will learn best from your own words and action, and yes of course from the response of the audience or your conversation partner. Then you will learn best on what REALLY MATTER to you.
#3 You will try to understand better the competitive landscape – in Workforce, in Category, or in the Industry
By having a conversation with someone, professionally, you will be more mindful not only on what you do but to your competition landscape, whether in what you do, start talking in a business language of market share and price point, discussing the trend in the industry and exploring more on your own thoughts about the category. With someone asking 5w+1h questions of course your brain start optimizing itself. It’s like empowering yourself to find answers which normally perhaps could only be optimized when you have a coaching session.
#4 You’ll test the water on the value of yourself.
Yes you will also learn to understand the value of yourself. Find out if you’re calculating your value only by take home pay or that you consider other perks as well. You will eventually calculate your worth in a more holistic way. And yes knowing that you are underpaid will give you a chance to negotiate better with your boss, yet knowing that you are overpriced can be a warning to yourself to start thinking of making a breakthrough that worth your price. Otherwise, your boss would decide the extra job for you to make it worth. Trust me, it would better be come from your own initiative.
#5 You’re practicing to pitch yourself.
Yes, practice makes perfect. And when you can pitch yourself to other people well enough then you make my life easier cause I know that you can sell yourself to the management and key stakeholders. It means lesser debates or validation on calibration and promotion proposals. Nothing excites a boss more than a team who is well-acknowledged by the management. My work is half done.
#6 You meet people.
Do my team really that miserably having no time to socialize that they need a job interview just to meet people ? I have to say no – I can say they have more hang out friends than I do. But on a job interview you will meet new people with expectation. Strangers with potential authority which you find significant. And you learn to read that expectation and understand that expectation. Best is your people skill is improving as well as your negotiation skills.
#7 I get my Dream Team on board.
Yup! I would only work with those with the same purpose and passion. If not, there’s no point of doing. And If we’re still heading the same direction and that you care enough, then you’ll share me the things that we can improve as a team or a business. You will understand why Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world. I’d rather lose people and clean up a mess rather than having a team who not knowing where we’re heading. Well lucky me I only manage a small team.
Some of them do fly away as they have another dream which the company can not provide, and I strongly encourage them to take the opportunity. Perhaps one day they will be my boss, my client, or someone I work with in the future – who knows, the world does revolve.
The next response I got would be, ‘Hope that they return to you instead…’
Yes some return, and some not.
If they return that they will bring added value to my team but if not then they will find another place to grow, and I will find another new and freshly passionate soul to my team.
HR people, if you’re a bit shocked reading this, this action does not cause retention issue and please re-read no.7 for answer. Calculating years of talent ROI is not the same value as retaining them, yet to understand that they will bring added value instead of toxic mindset.
Of course, this is only my personal opinion, I have no background or what-so-ever in employee retention and it’s based on my lifetime experience.
So why don’t you try and let me know how this work (or not work) on your team or yourself.