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Beyond A Role

Megan and Ram enjoying one another’s company

A friend of mine started at a new company not too long ago. I asked him how it was going and what he does. He told me his job title. I rephrased, and asked what that meant. Who does he work with, what does he do on a regular basis? Tell me about what you do… beyond the role.

In the last few weeks, it’s been more apparent than ever before how many talents are under one roof in the firesphere. Sewing baskets have found their way into the office. Song writing skills have been dusted off for new projects. iMovie talents have emerged in full form. This place is hoppin!

Why does all this matter, one might ask?

Talent can be revealed in a plethora of ways, and it doesn’t always fit within the bulleted job description on a piece of paper. Talent continues to be unleashed and put to great use if the right opportunity presents itself. Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

What talents and passions do you bring to your role? Do you encourage your team to go beyond their job descriptions? What empowers you to bring your talents to the table?

  • Jamie Wallace

    As a solopreneur, I don’t have the benefit of a team dynamic, but I do love opportunities to discover new talents in myself. Sometimes, a client will ask for something outside the box, or I’ll see a chance to recommend a different kind of strategy and even though it’s not something in my usual “wheelhouse,” I decide to go for it and discover that I have a latent talent that was just waiting to be put to good use.

    We also often overlook our own best talents – taking them for granted. Sharing what we do with others is a great way to remind ourselves just how special (and valuable) our innate talents are.

    :)

    • KatieScully

      Love that you seek out talents in yourself, Jamie! Sometimes all it takes is an a-ha moment to remember that you’re even more capable than you’ve given yourself credit for in the past.

      I can’t help but think of all the books I’ve read or the speakers I’ve heard… all of them remind me that at the time they were not a master, but instead an apprentice. You have to grow and learn before you can rock out. I love that you jump in and go for it! Thanks for your comment, lady!

      • Jamie Wallace

        Exactly, Katie.
        I’ve seen too many people (especially women) who get stuck in that apprentice mindset even though they have clearly evolved to be experts. Sometimes it takes an unusual assignment that taps into different skills to make them see that – hey! – they are pretty damn good at whatever it is they do.
        :)

        Here’s to newly discovered talents!

        • KatieScully

          Cheers to uncovering talents and taking a leap, Jamie! Loved connecting with you here and on twitter. Looking forward to it again!