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Aerospace BizDev News from Linda Wolstencroft
Newsletter #31 –
January 15th, 2014

Defying the Comfort Zone; and Coaching for 2014

The expert had exceptional credentials, a wealth of experience, and good recommendations.  But when asked to perform a task slightly outside his normal role, he gravitated toward executing work using his established methodology.  After a few weeks, he understood that his usual task and methodology was not required, so reluctantly he half-heartedly performed the assigned work.

His rationale going in?  The belief that his usual methodology was going to help the project and that he could comfortably sail through “another one”.

His mistake?  Not making the effort to understand the project outside of what he believed his role was, and charging ahead blindly.

The opportunity he almost missed?  Performing interesting work that expanded his knowledge, challenged him, and improved his abilities.

The result?  A successful project (despite some schedule issues due to time lost), plus a satisfied team member.

The five big lessons he learned?

  1. To look outside the bounds of his usual realm.
  2. To learn from others.
  3. To embark on work outside his comfort zone where he was unsure he could perform adequately.
  4. To take on the challenge.
  5. That he could be successful in uncharted waters.

Where are you on this?  Are you working outside your comfort zone and taking risks?  Or are you merely gliding along using your usual routines?  And even if you consider yourself a risk-taker, why are you not taking bigger risks?  If you are not feeling uncomfortable, then you’re not fulfilling your full potential.

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