Once upon a time I had a job where I was brilliant. It was my third position in that organisation – I’d been buried deep in server stacks, learnt all the technical stuff, and had a good understanding of how the whole agency worked. I hit the ground running. I knew my job, I knew the key players, I knew what they needed and I was passionate. I came up with creative solutions, I trained and mentored, I could talk people through the ramifications of their decisions and give them options. I was the problem solver, and if I couldn’t fix your problem, I could find the person who would. I didn’t just build a network there, I made friends and allies. I understood the politics, I managed up and managed down, and I achieved a couple of things that people thought impossible.
And then I moved inter-state.
These days I’m not feeling brilliant about what I do (did you notice?). That’s why I’ve been trying to change-up my work. As I focus on potential futures, I’m finding it harder and harder to tackle my everyday job. But I’ve had an a-ha moment. Why couldn’t I be brilliant in this job, right now? I haven’t got any less smart and I’ve gained experience. I think all I’m lacking is some motivation and deliberate communication. So what would brilliant look like in my current job?
- I would be passionate.
- I wouldn’t procrastinate.
- I would clear my to-do list.
- I would volunteer for more of the after-hours work.
- I would read-up more on the software we use and do more on-line training.
- I would ‘get around to’ the jobs we’ve been collectively avoiding.
- I would do more documentation.
- I would get in before my boss, and leave later, too.
- I would talk to my users more, and keep in touch with what they were working on.
- I would make sure my boss, and his boss, knew what I was working on.
- I would keep a list of achievements.
- I wouldn’t complain about my job or my colleagues : )
- My timesheets would be up to date.
- I wouldn’t get bored.
- I would have a better elevator speech.
- I wouldn’t have piles of paper on my desk.
- I would know which pieces of paper were important.
- I would be better at keeping my network connected.
- I would build better relationships with my key people.
I think I’d enjoy it more, too.
How would your work be different if you were brilliant at your job?