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tough tasks

Tough Tasks Actually Give You More

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Do you struggle with the tough tasks? Have you ever wondered why the tough work comes your way while the seemingly easy stuff goes another?

While perception and expectations always condition your view, tough tasks may be what you should seek more of.

Just about anyone can sweep the floor. The same is true for using mainstream software tools or turning a screwdriver.

That’s the easy stuff.

It’s easy to find a burger and fries joint. A great gourmet restaurant is a little bit more difficult.

An attorney’s office is just around the corner. One that is considered the best, well, that is a little more challenging.

Do you have a great idea? You may not be alone. Even the patent for the first telephone was filed by two different people in two different places on the same day.

If everything was easy, everyone would be doing it. There wouldn’t be value for those who do more.

Tough Tasks

The boss often delegates the toughest assignments to the employee who can handle the most.

Is this a disadvantage? Is it punishment for doing great work?

Everything that is easy has a low cost. It is available everywhere, it’s a commodity.

It is true for people and it is true for products or services.

Doing the tough stuff has value. It is important work. Work that will get you noticed. This is what every employer seeks to find more of. It is exactly why they delegate the tough stuff to the best people.

Getting the tough stuff isn’t a punishment. It is a reward.

It is a reward because it means that others cannot rise to the challenge. They don’t have your skills, your knowledge, and your expertise.

Perhaps they aren’t as dedicated as you are.

Great Value

Doing the tough stuff gives you more value.

It is valuable when the promotion opportunity arises.

There is value if economic cutbacks occur.

One way or another, tough tasks give you more.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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risky

“That’s Risky.” Whispered The Manager

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How do you navigate risk? Do you feel that you are a bit of a risk taker, or that you are much more conservative in your approach? Is there value in risk? Are you a little risky?

It can be as simple as being willing to speak up in a meeting, or more complex like putting your lifetime savings up for grabs as you start a business venture.

We also nearly always have people yelling from the sidelines.

No risk, no reward.

No pain, no gain.

Never give up on your dreams!

Each of those may have some relevance and can be motivational. However, there is something really special about risk that many people take for granted.

Does Risk Energize?

Risky can be exciting.

Driving 61 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour speed zone doesn’t have the same feeling as exceeding the speed limit a little.

Sneaking an extra donut in the break room when you are on a calorie restrictive diet is different from being caught nibbling on a leaf of lettuce.

Spiking the punch bowl at the non-alcoholic office holiday party is much different from handing out bottles of water.

Risky can be volatile and should always be carefully considered with the potential reward or the devastation that could result.

We quickly recognize some forms of risk while others are sometimes not on our radar but should be. Things like humor, etiquette, and our speaking filters.

Risky

Much of our success with risk exists in the relevance of our measurement. It is about the comparisons we make. What is risky for some, is absolute boredom to others. Have you ever calculated your ROR (return on risk)?

Risky can be very costly.

On the other hand, there is something amazingly energizing about the risk that pays off in a big win.

Nike has suggested we just do it. Risky is certainly on their radar.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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