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Having just returned from a family reunion, I’m exhilarated by a sense of renewed familiarity with my siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and our children. We told stories and laughed a lot. Some of the stories that were told about me have gained momentum over the years and no longer resemble the memory I have. Although, that could just be me choosing to forget certain things as I age. 

Most of us can agree that we spend as much, if not more, time with our coworkers as we do with our extended families. As I thought about my family’s time together, I realized that I gained value from our interactions, which can be translated to interactions we all have with our work families, given the frequency of exchanges between colleagues. I began to wonder what the impact of frequent connections has on the effectiveness of a team or department. Let me explain:

Many of my extended family members hadn’t seen me in several years, until our recent reunion. Because of this, they think of me as I was the last time they saw me. The lack of frequent contact led to an incomplete picture of who I am today. My brothers and sisters are an excellent case-in-point. They still see me as the, “number-five child of six,” the operative word being “child.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind this affectionate perception at all. In fact, I am used to it. But, because we see each other infrequently, our vision, over time, has been blurred.

At work, most of us get a chance to see others grow and change to meet ever-evolving demands of the job; at least that is the hope. Occasionally, we may become bogged down by the routine of our work and lose the desire to expand our professional horizons.

It is at these times, when we lack the initiative to improve our skills, that it becomes especially important to find motivation. Otherwise, we may be viewed by our work family as replaceable, meaning that, the value we create has stayed constant for some time. In case you are wondering, this scenario isn’t a good thing.

You see, only through your own initiative and professional growth will your organization continue to thrive. Becoming stagnant should never be an option. Hence, the message of this post: seek a change in scenery if you find yourself becoming “stuck.”

Let me be clear, by a change in scenery I don’t mean for you to go out and change employers. Rather, I’m referring to actively seeking out new or expanded training, a new team, a new business location, a new role, or even a new role model!  

As worthy employees and leaders, constantly striving to expand our skills, and therefore the value we bring to our organization each and every day is essential to our success. Failure to do so can create limited perceptions from our colleague that may be negative. At work however, it is more impactful to constantly evolve. 

As, I discovered at my family reunion, a change in scenery was what I needed. What can you do to change your work scenery?

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2 Responses to “A Change of Scenery”

  1. Martha Garland says:

    Very informative blog. Nice to note you’re still learning even as you lead. Good job Mitch!

  2. Mitch says:

    Thank you Martha. I couldn’t agree with you more, in fact, I think leaders have the most to learn. It is the reason I started this blog, to create a positive dialogue on the subject!

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