This is the third in a series of four posts that focus on positive, powerful and productive preposition phrases.
Fit in – Recognize that organizations like countries have beliefs, cultures, attitudes and languages that make them unique, successful and profitable. The requirements of fitting in are loyalty, consistency, adaptability and responsibility. The benefits of fitting in are that the organization provides you with identity, security, community and opportunity.
Sit in – Accept invitations to sit in on internal meetings with individuals at higher levels or in other departments within your organization. The benefits of sitting in on a meeting is that you can be exposed to new ideas, people, information and departments; you can make valuable connections for now and for the future and you can demonstrate your skills as a leader, collaborator, innovator and communicator.
Stay in – Keep in constant touch with teammates and colleagues in your current organization and with former colleagues from previous organizations. Stay current with what’s happening in your industry. The benefit of staying in touch is that you may find an exciting new role or opportunity through discovering an industry trend or receiving a referral from a contact.
Participate in – Take the initiative and ask to work on new initiatives, to serve on committees in your organization and to volunteer your skills and abilities to a not-for-profit organization. The benefits of participating in new initiatives is that you are seen as a go-getter and risk-taker. This will get you noticed and you may get rewarded with a promotion or chosen to lead an exciting new project. The benefits of participating in committees is that you raise your profile , broaden your network and may find your next role in the organization. The benefits of participating as a volunteer are that you get to give the best of yourself to others and receive more in return than you ever imagined.
Look in – Spend some time thinking about how much you like coming to work and how satisfied, fulfilled and challenged you are in your current role. Do you like who you are, what you are, where you are, why you are and how you are at this point in your role and in your career? What, if any, changes or adjustments might you make now or in the near future? Summer is a great time to get feedback, make connections, do information interviews, meet for informal chats over lunch, drinks or coffee and explore employment opportunities inside or outside your organization or industry. The benefits of looking in are that you confirm that you are calm, happy and engaged with your current role and your career progress. If you discover, after some research and reflection, that you are bored, restless and unhappy with your current role and your career progress, you may want to stop talking and start doing. This means that you are motivated to make whatever big changes or small adjustments that are required to stay in your current role, find a new role and get your career back on track.