Most of us are taught to defer to authority. As a result, we tend to disregard our internal compasses. But your instincts are often right. Here is how to counter your conditioning and question authority:
- Listen to your inner voice. Take a moment to breathe and consider what is going on. Ask yourself, “Are there other ways to approach this assignment?”
- Constructively question. Ask your boss, customer, or client: Why do we do it this way? Would you be open to different ways? Can we experiment?
- Reflect. Whether you’ve followed along or pushed for an alternative, think about what happened. Remember what it felt like to go against authority and think about how you might handle it differently in the future.
Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “Learn to Trust Your Gut” by Ron Ashkenas.
You don’t have to retire early to stop working. You just need to take the “work” out of work. Make work fun by doing these two things:
- Find people you enjoy working with. Of course you don’t always choose who you work with; but when you do, choose projects that allow you to work with people you trust, respect, and enjoy spending time with.
- Find problems you enjoy solving. Again, you may not always have a choice, but try to seek out projects you find interesting and are passionate about. If you’re not excited about any of the projects you currently have, propose a new project that you can lead.
Adapted from “How to Make Knowledge Work Fun” by Larry Stybel.