Here it is. You have been in your job for a while and things come up all the time that make you feel, well, a little queasy uneasy — like the time your boss came in and asked you for a report using acronyms that made no sense. Or you were in a meeting and asked to contribute; only you were zoned out and didn’t totally hear the question.
Can you relate? It isn’t easy always being “on” or knowing how to handle these tough job situations. The thing to remember is that no one is perfect. In fact, everyone is imperfect! The people around you that seem to have it totally together were once in your shoes and didn’t know what to do either.
If you have been in your company for some time, you may start to feel like you are getting the hang of routines and then it happens. The unexpected. Your boss calls you in to her office and lets you know she needs to give you feedback. You might start to feel your palms go sweaty and your mind starts to race — is this going to be good or not so good?
Whenever someone takes the time to give you information, regardless of whether it is positive or constructive criticism, the most important thing you can do is listen. Remain calm, smile and know that if they didn’t value you, they wouldn’t take the time to tell you anything at all.
You can do this — it just takes practice.
There are going to be lots of unexpected things that will fly at you every day. Having the ability to problem solve and view challenges not as a detriment, but more as something that will help give you visibility may be the difference between getting the promotion or staying status quo.