I’m still figuring out what my own strengths and weaknesses are. If I look close enough, I’m reminded every day. If I’m in work mode and just trying to get things done, I may not smell the roses (or the corpse flowers) along the way. But I try to take an objective step back every once in a while to see how I’m doing. After all, this is my career, and nobody else is going to care about it as much as I do. I can’t rely on others telling me when I’m doing well or when I’m in need of a correction.
That said, I also have regular opportunities to coach new employees on things like building and delivering presentations, running meetings, and influencing others. There are two things I find myself saying more than anything:
- What are you selling?
- So what?