Posted by: Aakash Barot | March 30, 2010

Being Assertive

Whether you are a senior staff member or brand new to a job (Like I am right now), it can be difficult to speak up when you see something wrong. However, not doing so can have deleterious consequences for your company, and your career. Here are the top three rationalizations for keeping silent and how to confront them:

It’s not my job.
You don’t have to be a seasoned staff member, an expert, or have formal authority to raise a flag. Doing the best thing for the company is always your job.

It’s not a big deal.
If you’re telling yourself that, it probably is a big deal. Instead of downplaying the severity of the issue, focus on trying to find a resolution.

It’s standard practice. (the most important one – My boss told me to read First Break all the rules.. So am just following it)
Even if your company has always done it a certain way, if it’s creating a problem now or in the future, challenge the status quo.

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