This month, I’m providing a career management tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own career management activities.
Today’s tip: Find your mud.
What mud should you be finding?
In everything we do, it is far better to find what is incorrect about our situation and work to correct it than having someone else figure it out (like our manager) and point it out to us.
This doesn't mean we should be working on our weaknesses (we should add to our strengths), but it does mean that we should know where there are issues and start working them independently of any direction from others.
There are good reasons to know -- and acknowledge -- what needs to be better in our work;
People are afraid to dig up their own mud. They don't want to acknowledge their mistakes. And it costs them in terms of their career and personal brand.
Dig up that mud.