“I’ll Take it and Run with It”

How often do you hear those words in the workplace? Not as frequently as you’d like, I imagine. Instead, often, you probably hear either silence or those career-limiting words, “it’s not my job.”

People who are eager to help and take on new responsibilities are primed to advance in your company. They don’t think about whether it’s what they were hired to do; rather, they see these situations as opportunities to learn and grow in their jobs.

Are people wired this way or can they learn this mindset? Yes and maybe. Some people naturally seize the initiative. On the other hand, if people are driven to develop a certain expertise, then they may be motivated to learn by taking responsibilities above and beyond their day-to-day jobs.

The people who naturally possess this mindset are likely to thrive on their own. Astute managers can help them move ahead. Use the opportunity to encourage them to take on additional responsibilities when asked.

Whether intrinsically inclined or motivated by a specific situation, you can accelerate results by encouraging them as by providing them with resources to be successful.

Some of your staff may feel inspired by these colleagues, which could result in more people taking on additional responsibilities. On the other hand, employees who possess the “it’s not my job” mentality may resent their enthusiastic co-workers and may even try to sabotage their efforts.

As the leader, you need to be mindful of both sides. You want to embolden those seeking the initiative and discourage those who try to poison the well.

The bottom line for you is to spot those people who are willing to take the initiative and invest in their professional advancement. It will be a win-win for both of you.

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