Team YOU

Do you surround yourself with the right kind of people?
People who want you to succeed?

To do well, professionally as well as personally, you need to have a strong support system.
To have friends who encourage you to do your best.
And challenge you when you need to do better.

The process of making the best decision
Like many of you I’m actively involved in several civic and non-civic organizations.
This past week one of these organizations presented me with an interesting proposal.
I was offered a position of increased responsibility – larger area to cover and some out-of-state traveling.

This new role would give me the opportunity to make a bigger contribution.
To improve or revamp processes. And to discover and nurture new talent.
I seriously considered taking the offer.

There was one problem: all of my time was “budgeted” already between various projects.
This new role/responsibility would require me to either give up something else or, at the very least, take time away from other projects.

When I need to make an important decision, I turn to friends and people I know well.
And that’s what I did in this case: asked for advice to help me reach the right decision.
After few interesting hours three strong opinions emerged.

1. Just the facts
This close friend enumerated the facts as I knew them: how many projects I’m working on. And what impact this added responsibility would have on me. My friend’s advice was to refuse now but consider it in the future.

2. The facts plus enthusiasm
This other friend displayed much enthusiasm about my soon-to-be responsibilities, the title that went with it, etc. The advice here was, “Yes, go for it!”

3. The facts and strong encouragement
A third friend (who has held that position for several years) gave me a realistic view of the time commitment involved. And strongly encouraged me to do it.

Build your success team
You’ve heard it before – two heads are better than one.
Especially when making an important decision.

Build yourself a good support team. Choose people you trust.
People that will give you sound advice; tell you what you need to hear.
Even when what you need to hear is not necessarily what you like to hear.

Wishing you much success in all you do.

Sharing this blog with your friends is much appreciated.

/Comments/in Leadership,Time Money Success/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

Business know-how, love of teaching and writing – all combined in 2006 to form OBI.
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