January 6, 2014

All-In Strategies

I have received many nice comments about my blog post about being all-in - Are You All-In?.

What is interesting is that I have also heard that it is impossible to be all-in these days. Some of the obstacles stated are:
  1. Frustration - how do I work with people at my company that are not all-in? 
  2. How do I get others to be all-in?
  3. How can I get others to notice that I am now all-in?
Work is full of frustration. Lack of time, competing priorities, office politics, etc. Some team members get so frustrated, they just give up. We all feel frustrated at times. It may seem that some of your work colleagues do less, talk more, and don't seem to be as invested in success as they should be. What are some strategies to overcome your frustration?
  • Realize that there are some people who will never be all-in. Don't invest your time in them. They are 'energy suckers'. 
  • Consistency - that is the key. Be consistent in actions and interactions. You are either all-in or not - there is no 50% all-in.
Getting other to go 'all-in' is not possible with words, or emails, or meetings. Your team members must decide for themselves to be all-in. Show them through your actions, your enthusiasm, and your conviction. That example, through your actions, is the only way others will see the benefit of being all-in.

You want management to know you have upped your game. Here's what managers want to see:
  • Actions - not Words
  • Interaction/Communication - not 'Yes Man'
  • Enthusiasm - not Passive/Aggressive
  • Proactive - not Reactive
  • Value Add - not Status Quo
  • Work Within System - not going Rogue
  • Think about how Company makes profit - not your Paycheck.
With the new year, start a new dedication to being all-in.  Stay the course, see the prize, and feel the satisfaction of a career well done.

David Haynes, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP
Ideate Director of Consulting

David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who previously had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, virtualization and change management solutions for AEC clients across the United States involved in the design and building industry. Follow David on Twitter: @dhaynestech 

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This post was originally published on David’s blog Connecting the [Data]…