Its been far too long since we both visited one of your towns sectors or buildings. Today I would like to remedy that by taking a trip to your business sector. How exciting!
Lets hop in the limo and see how things are going at your business building. There may have been changes since we last came here, but if you have been taking care of everything, things should be humming along nicely. Walk over to the lift, get in and pass over all the other floors you have previously visited (if you haven’t been here yet, you can check them out 1, 2, 3 and 4).
Following on from the previous floor we visited, which focused on your manager or superior; it is time to take the brave step and walk into the spotlight and become one of your bosses top assets. The way we do this, like with many other things, starts with striking up a conversation.
You could wait until your next performance review or 1 to 1 to do this but I would recommend taking the initiative and asking to have a chat when next convenient for them. If you both already have a good relationship they will probably relish the opportunity to have a chat. When you are both comfortable and in a quiet place, away from prying eyes, you hit them with the killer question…
“I would like to know if there is anything more I could be doing at work which would provide greater value for the business” – future you.
There are a number of responses you can receive from a statement like this – the majority of which are very positive. For your boss, after all, there isn’t really a downside to being asked this. In front of them sits an individual who wants to earn more money for the business, but is not actually asking for more money from the company. Also, by coming to them, you are showing proactive ambition and indicating you could be coachable in the future.
So far you have done great. You can pat yourself on the back if you would like. The difficulty is that your boss may now ask you some tough questions and deliver some hard truths. Some of the tough questions you may be faced with are as follows:
- What eventually do you want to be doing for a living?
- In what ways would you like to benefit the company?
- What is your 5-year plan?
- Where do you need to develop to reach your goals?
- What specifically are your strengths and weaknesses
These are not the easiest questions to answer but it may be wise to take a moment and have an answer ready if asked. To be clear as well, those are only two of many questions that could be asked, your manager may throw in some curveballs in there, so be prepared.
Rather than flip-flopping to another part of your town after this letter, I am going to do a few follow on letters on this subject for the next week or two. Lookout and I will see you next time!
Rose-Blanc Town management