A few days back, I touched on the first part of my brand…SAVVY…showing what I currently bring to the table to accentuate it and future opportunities to enhance it. The second part is MAXIMUM…as in top, most, best…all those superlatives. MAXIMUM continues along the same vein as the first post..well, almost.
Maximum…top, most, best..gets me to thinking about specific times and places when I exceeded goals and expectations…like in my current employment. I believe, and I might be wrong (who knows, I might be right), that is why the goals and expectations have been set higher. I also think about the opportunity that was presented to me last fall, being an ambassador for my department. One gets chosen to serve in this role because they are “the best of the best.” As I said, MAXIMUM! While I expected to help train new hires as part of my responsibilities, I DID NOT expect to get hand-picked to facilitate any training modules, but it happened. It happened once when I was selected to lead training modules for a group assigned to MY shift..and it happened again when I was selected to lead training modules for a group assigned to ANOTHER SHIFT. My boss hand-picked me for THAT assignment. I think those moments go beyond MAXIMUM, but you didn’t hear that from me (LOL!). That’s just one example. I can name others, but this is most recent, so I’ll stick with that for now.
When I reflected on this brand that I selected for myself and what each letter could stand for, the only thing I could come up for with M was MOTIVATED. I could have chosen it, and tried to sell it, but it was not an authentic or original representation of me. Everyone considers themselves MOTIVATED. I searched for another M word that would most accurately represent myself. MAXIMUM was that word.
For all the skills and qualifications that I present that are MAXIMUM, I still have opportunity for growth in this area. Reflecting on the feedback from a recent interview, I plan to use the advice to build my skills and qualifications and develop new ones. The interviewer suggested taking on seasonal roles, which I plan to do and will be looking out for. I have also signed up for new committees formed at work, and those committees should be meeting soon. Outside of work, I can develop new skills through workshops and seminars (more than likely online). These will come together to present a stronger portfolio of experience to take me to a new MAXIMUM level.
For sure, being MAXIMUM requires hard work (smart work?), commitment, desire, and focus…which I think I have in spades. Being MAXIMUM also requires knowing what is worth the hard work, commitment, desire, and focus, and what is not. In short, having specific interests and knowledge bases/expertise. That part of the equation requires diligence and purpose..and that is what I work on daily. The results, I trust, will speak for themselves.