Shenise Cook shared the following link to Clive Shepard's blog post, "What it means to be a professional" at the South meeting on Wednesday.
After you read the article, share your thoughts and reactions below.
The line that stood out for me the most was, "Every time you act as an order taker rather than a consultant, you are letting down the whole profession."
How many times have we just did what was asked, even though we knew it wasn't the right thing or best thing to do to accomplish the goals?
Why do we do this? How can we move forward and use our skills and talents to achieve the results needed and not just what someone wants.
That line was impactful for me as well. I would imagine that the decision to challenge a request is heavily dependent on our relationship to the client. As a professional within an organization wearing numerous hats, I have much more flexibility than someone starting a L&D firm in need of new clients.
With that said I would propose that truly good leaders know their strengths. I would argue that confident leaders, when given a professional presentation, would be more apt to see their request as an idea for consideration. Maybe our aim is to increase our expertise in the field and learn to present in ways that make good business cases.
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