The Art of Project Management: Expert advice from experienced project managers in Silicon Valley, and around the world

Do one scary thing a day.

This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and life coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies.  In my GoTo Academy: Soft Skill Tools for the GoTo Professional continuous online coaching series, I go into professional development and real-world IT topics in detail.

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During the holiday season, I did as many people do; I visited a few long-time friends that I haven’t seen in ages.  The moment I saw them, I was struck by my overwhelming realization of how much I had missed them.  It wasn’t until I was face-to-face with them, that I realized how much of a recluse or hermit I had actually become.   I had been so comfortable in doing the same things day-in-day-out, that I incrementally disengaged from past friendships.  Staying in my comfort zone actually steered me off-course.  This didn’t happen overnight.  It happened slowly over time; which made it indiscernible.   It wasn’t until I was slapped squarely in the face that I realized how far I had wandered off my path.

This week we will take a short-cut into slapping ourselves back on the path.  We won’t spend time investigating why and what took us off our course.  Instead, we will jump into action with the idea of “doing one scary thing a day” to help keep up moving forward at a faster pace.

As implied in the above, I’m not suggesting jumping out of an airplane or bungy jumping (although it could mean that).  I’m just suggesting stepping out of your comfort zone once a day.

Some examples in the professional arena could be (but not limited to):

  1. Initiate a meeting with your manager and 2nd line manager on a proposal that you have been working on.
  2. Publish a white-paper on your lessons learned in your area of expertise or passion
  3.  Interview one of your executives for a newsletter, blog or articles
  4. Actually check out other job positions outside of your current role — but that shares your transferable skills. (For more information on Transferable Skills, sign up for the on-line continuous professional coaching series <click here>.
  5. Investigate the current salary for your current role and adjacent positions (use your transferable worksheet above).
  6. Student your adjacent positions (not just the direct promotional position — but adjacent roles as well)  (For more information on Adjacent Careers, review previous on-line coaching series class notes Week 23 on “Using Toy Blocks”.  Register for this on-line continuous laser coaching class here)
  7. Review your creative and innovative designs to see if any could be a patent
  8. Meet with a success or career coach to explore other options
  9.  Meet with your direct manager to discuss your Individual Develop Plans and request additional leadership or creative autonomy

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About the Author

Laura is a Corporate Exit Strategist for the Blooming Entrepreneur. She is a certified business and personal life coach, specializing in time management skills, project management training and work/life balance strategies. She has been in the software and testing industry for over 20 years. She’s worked with such companies as IBM, Ericsson, Staples, Fidelity Investments and Sogeti in various client advocacy and project management roles. The techniques she uses in her business coaching and client advocacy work saved these companies both time and money, which resulted in on-time, quality product delivery with higher client satisfaction. Laura now uses her client focus, project, quality and people management skills in her personal life coaching career. As a personal life coach, she helps people transform their life by integrating their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative and practical tools to help her clients realize what really matters to them. She helps others to easily transition into their next chapter whether it’s the next ladder of success within their corporate environment or into the entrepreneurial playground. I am not a fan of choosing to act in spite of fear. Rather, together we will collaborate toward a plan of inspired action. We will develop a plan together that you feel confident and excited about. For us, Taking The Leap will be magical, exhilarating and natural. If you are eager to take that next logical step but are unsure what it is signup for the Corporate Exit Strategy Coaching group. We have books, tapes, training materials, twice-monthly group coaching events, 3-day workshops, and individual coaching sessions to help you on your way toward your freedom and prosperity.
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