Thank you for all of your insight, thoughts and suggestions during your program at my industry conference. I’m inspired and understand the potential that lies within me, and I’m ready to take the next steps. I now recognize key areas where I should be focusing my energy and participation, and unfortunately it’s a slow process with my team to get to the next level. I have directly indicated to them that I would like to participate and have tried to get in on different projects, but not everyone is on board yet to include me in discussions/projects. I realize change does not happen instantly, but do you have any suggestions or a different approach?
-Ready and Waiting
Dear Ready and Waiting,
Glad you came back from conference ready to roll!
With regard to your desire to participate on a specific project, ideally you reached out directly to the decision maker and individuals of influence. You stated why you are the right person, what results you believe you could bring to the project and how your (team, supervisor or company) will benefit.
Again, not knowing exactly what you said or how you asked, here’s some additional ideas:
- Revisit your interest with appropriate individual or individuals in a month or two. “As I mentioned earlier, I’d welcome the opportunity to grow, learn and contribute to the goals of this project. Is there a skill I need to gain to make you feel comfortable with my participation?” Another question to follow up with if you don’t get a clear answer: “Is there a specific reason you’ve chosen not to include me thus far?” Listen and be prepared to address the issues. If he says they don’t need extra support right now, I’d say, “Even if I’m only present to observe at this point, it would help me grow and gain experience. Would that be possible?”
- Proactively prepare and share specific research, insight or data to show them you’re a valuable contributor. Then ask the following: “I’d like to be a part of this group moving forward. Is there anything that would get in the way of this happening?”