- At the start of my career in J&J, being new in the company I wanted to please and be liked by everyone and I always said ‘yes’ and accepted all incoming requests ASAP, without setting a clear personal agenda of priorities. There were cases in which in order to avoid pushing back a deadline of a less important task, I had to disrupt the flow of another project that was a bigger priority, or ended up overworking . Another similar mistake is that I would tend to avoid conflict and agreed with the way forward without always expressing a different point of view, again in order to maintain good relationships. Over the years, I learnt that learning to say no or managing timings expectations only elevates your image as a professional who owns their agenda and knows well the right and important things to work on. Also being able to disagree does not mean conflict or jeopardising relationships, as this again allows you to bring constructive discussion on the table and the result is a more optimal solution or idea, but also an improved image as a value adding honest authentic professional.
The above is an excerpt from a post written by Stephanie Hadjijoseph on 5/10/2020. Stephanie has 7 years of experience in Marketing. To see the entire post, click here.