“You don’t win the title by getting by. You win the title by taking the title.”
~Rev Al Sharpton
I’m not a big fan of Rev. Sharpton but what he says here is correct.
When you’re at the office and trying to vent your opinion against others, “playing nice,” isn’t going to accomplish what you want.
If all you do is “play nice,” people will believe that that’s the only weapon in your arsenal and that they can dismiss you and you will go away.
Although almost all of us would prefer that the merits of our arguments win the day, we know from experience that isn’t true.
Yet we go about our business as though that is how the system works.
You win the title by taking the title.
I remember when I was being evaluated to be certified by a panel some years ago, I was told that you certify yourself.
I didn’t fully understand it at the time but I did once I was there for the evaluation. As I sat in front of the seven-member panel, they evaluated me, less for what I knew but more for who I was.
Boxing champions, which was what Rev. Sharpton was speaking about, have to take the title.
In discussing and championing your ideas, you need to demonstrate the conviction and belief and passion for your ideas that is the professional equivalent of taking the title.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than
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