A fellow Management Consulting Development Program Business Analyst sent me this quote:
“The Crown. Place it upon your head and you assume a different post--tranquil yet radiating assurance. Never show doubt, never lose your dignity beneath the crown, or it will not fit. It will seem to be destined for one more worthy. Do not wait for a coronation; the greatest emperors crown themselves.” - Robert Greene
He followed up by telling me to “think on it!” I took some time to think on it and Greene’s quote has become the inspiration for today’s blog.
As a working professional, especially as a consultant, the ability to plan strategic and practical execution is an impeccable skill to own. You ask, “How is this applicable, Jason?” That is a great question! Think of your next job as your crown. We speak of our titles and careers in the highest regard, let’s call it a crown. However, this crown requires several things; dedication, hard work and the occasional varnish. Consulting requires the individual to carry a pleasant (tranquil) aura while maintaining high levels of efficacy. Quintessentially, at the core of Greene’s quote is the simple matter of maintaining personal/professional integrity and honesty. Consultants eventually all learn that it is key to remove doubtful attitudes from the workplace. Doubt hinders the success of a team. It is acceptable to be unsure, require clarification, and occasionally be incorrect. Lastly, be sure to take the initiative in your current role, your developing career, and in your personal life. Nothing that isn’t worth working for, is worth having. Crown yourself!
Without understanding the importance and mastering the ability to plan strategic and practical execution we face the result of poor preparation; the possibility to losing ourselves, providing solutions lacking zest to our clients (personally and professionally), and taking jobs instead of building a career.
“Always wear a crown.”
“You can’t wait for every opportunity. Go out and grab it!”