An interesting opportunity pops up. It is something you’d really like to do. But, when you ask permission to take it on, you receive the answer: “I’d certainly like to assign you this challenge, but I’m afraid we can’t afford to disengage you from your current assignments.”
Does this sound familiar? It happens all the time. Many people have become their own, personal bottleneck. The only way for these people to increase their added value is to work more hours.
If you want to grow, you have to make yourself redundant in your current role. By sharing your skills with your colleagues, you allow them to take over your workload. This might feel quite uneasy in the beginning. You comprehend that your company could actually afford to get rid of you without immediate damage. On the other hand, it would be very shortsighted to do so. Your way of working creates leverage and sustainable value for the company. It also frees up time for you to explore fresh opportunities, to realize new successes and to repeat this process.
I am convinced that this speeds up your career, as your learning curve on a given competency inevitably flattens after a while. That’s why it is useful to jump to “another learning curve” from time to time.
All of this explains why we at Delaware Consulting focus on leadership and entrepreneurship. It is about inspiring people and letting them outgrow their current level. It is about recognizing opportunities and being able to realize them. It is about maximizing your value for and impact on the company.
So, try to becoming redundant in your current role in order to speed up your own personal development. On top of that, you will substantially contribute to the sustainable growth of your company. Don’t be afraid to do so, think about it, define how you can broaden your personal horizon and start exploring new opportunities for growth!