I am a big picture kind of thinker. By nature, I look for ways to improve processes, to make things more efficient. I consider myself an outcomes person rather than a process person. I like the word “strategy.”
As a professional with five years of work experience, I realize that to move my career forward I need to be less strategic in how I approach work.
Strategy, industry challenges, and organizational culture interest me greatly. But I moderate the time and energy I spend thinking about these issues and spend the bulk of my time on the specific projects that I have been assigned.
In his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey differentiates between one’s Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence. A Circle of Concern encompasses that over which a person has little or no control. In my case, that means strategy, industry issues, and internal culture. On the other hand, my Circle of Influence is made up of things I can control. By focusing my time on activities within my Circle of Influence, I am not only more productive, but I also feel more accomplished because I see the results of my efforts.
My goal is to one day be in charge of a company’s strategy. The best way to get there is to be fully immersed in the day-to-day projects that I am assigned at work. After all, these are the types of projects that make up a company’s strategy, and this only prepares me for more responsibility and influence in my career.