When it comes to work and our career, we all want something better. Better equipment, more resources, a bigger team, and more. But many times when we get the opportunity, we overreach and end up with nothing. Let me give you an example: I consulted with a media organization recently and to really enhance capturing their live events, I suggested they get a camera jib (crane). As soon as I mentioned it, one of their video guys jumped into the conversation and said, “Yes, but what we REALLY need is the deluxe, double helix, satellite fed, triple feed, automatic, radar enhanced model.” (OK – I exaggerated of course, but the model he wanted was SO expensive, and SO over the top it was ridiculous.) But he’d been reading the latest industry magazines, and knew that was what NBC had, so of course, this much smaller organization obviously (to him) needed it as well.
The truth is, all they needed was a simple camera jib and that would have made a huge difference in their programs. But this employee stood his ground. There was no way the organization could afford what he wanted, and they didn’t need it, so they ended up with nothing.
Now that employee grumbles about the organization having no vision and being cheap.
I have a feeling you’ve seen that guy in your organization – and it might even be you. The lesson? Keep your perspective. Sure you’d love to have the latest and greatest model of everything – but would a less expensive model get you in the door? Wouldn’t it be better to have the resource you need rather than nothing?
When it comes to your personal growth, or your career, reach as high as you want. But from a practical perspective in dealing with your team, stop just reading industry magazines, and get real. Your leadership team will be much more open to responding to your needs if your requests reflect realistic budgets, time schedules and resources.
Have you ever worked with the overreaching person who was always pushing to hard and ended up with nothing?