Last week, I spent 4 wonderful days teaching Level II of our Star Achievement Series to 23 administrative professionals at their corporate offices in Columbus, Ohio. All were seasoned, talented assistants and yet discovered through my program that they still had areas in which they could shine. Also, something special emerged–a light bulb went off for several attendees. The message was: “It is ok to shine. It is ok to show my greatness at work.”
Why is it that we are afraid to stand out? To let our talents blossom? To toot our horn without being braggadocios? Why do we find it hard to sparkle?
Actually, as President Nelson Mandela says, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”
As an executive with employees, I want to see each employee’s talents. I purposely look for their strengths so I can leverage those talents. I want to direct work their way in which they have a core talent. They will be a happier person and our company will benefit as well as our clients.
The key to all of this is being humble as you shine. Be gracious when talking about your accomplishments.
This week, I would love for you to bring forth your talents. Speak up when you have done a good job. Share your good news with peers or your leader. Display one or two of your achievement certificates at your work station. Share your good ideas with others.
Do not cheat the world out of what you have to offer. You are here for a reason. Also, when you shine, you give others permission to shine. Wishing you a stellar week.
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