Regardless of your status, invest time in really “getting to know” your peers and vice versa. Do this and you will reap the rewards 10 fold as your efforts guide you in understanding personal preferences (likes/dislikes), as opposed to focusing on the technical, operational and/or strategic matters alone. Demonstrating commitment to the relationship, will aid in:
- More informed and cohesive decision making
- Critical thinking in time of need as a result of our global landscape, especially if challenged by remoteness, differing time zones, language barriers, technology, etc.
- Taking ownership/accountability rather than hand-balling issues
- Your ability to respond with confidence in a timely manner by exercising some discretion (accepting that sometimes you need to think outside the box)