One of my clients sent me a link to another recently created HeadHuntress blog – with the cheeky quote that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Am I awful that though a very true statement, I’m still secretly pleased that my own blog is more refined, better worded, and more relevant to IT folks?
Grin. I almost feel guilty. Almost.
It reminded me – this whole sitchew – that how we respond to any nudging in business highlights both our strengths and weaknesses. I’d love to be the one and only “HeadHuntress” – but that’s my ego talking; at the same time I love that I’m being copied – means I’m innovative and inspiring, not something you stop and think about very often and a good reminder to appreciate what you bring to the table, especially while taking it on the chin in a tough economic climate.
Take away points:
1. Give your absolute best and the rest will follow (read: Success, not Pied Piper metaphor....although...)
2. Be open to mentoring without competitiveness – we are a community, competition is natural, just keep it healthy - if you believe otherwise, question your own insecurities - its not them, its you. The bottom line? Scarcity thinking brings you scarcity, apply similarly with abundance and reap the rewards.
3. Know your strengths and weaknesses, how they work for and against you. Get real, get honest – look hard, and then use it to shove you head first up that ladder. One way to get action on this (and make it less abstract) is to look at your greatest strength and your worst weakness, write them both down then list below how they serve you and how they work against you – the answers are interesting.
4. Love that you’re human – it’s natural to respond to any circumstance with both a negative and a positive reaction. If its all positive, you’re either in denial or the family dog, because let’s face it – they’re never bitchy.