What’s your best job skill? Patience?

Patience should be your best job skill. If you’re ever asked, “Why should we hire you?”, crack back with “I’m patient.”

Every great leader is patient. They take the time to digest all available information before making a decision. Even in a pressure situation.

Now that doesn’t mean do nothing. When you’re brainstorming, creating a copy outline, or whatever, patience is the difference between vanilla ideas and big, change-the-world ideas. In fact, you need to be “active” in your thinking and not quick to stamp an idea as the right solution. The right solution might require frankensteining a few ideasβ€”It’s alive! But you won’t know that until you’re patient enough to continue thinking/sorting/plugging reams of ideas.

Ok, I already hear everyone whining about deadlines, etc. Stop it. Focus on the creative problem not your deadline problem. Let me illustrate my point. A hockey player doesn’t waste time worrying about the third period before the first puck is dropped. Why? Because you can’t do anything about the third period until it arrives. So you can’t do anything about your deadline. All you can do it bust your ass right up until the final siren.

Oh, and you multitaskers. Stop it. Give 100% of your attention to one thing. Then move on to the next. Not only will you get more done, but the quality will be better.

How do you like them apples?




6 thoughts on “What’s your best job skill? Patience?

  1. As a female, I am unable to not multitask. It’s in my blood. One reason I like to multitask, I can take my my mind off one project for awhile and work on a new one. Then when I come back to that project I feel a little more energized about it. But I get what you’re saying. πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for the comment. Women are born multitaskers. πŸ™‚ It’s ok to work in short bursts. Just give each burst all your attention. Taking a break from one project and working another is actually being patient. So keep it up! πŸ™‚

  3. This may be valid from a Creative standpoint, but from an Account Service standpaoint organization is the most important job skill. If you are organized you can multi-task and get multiple things done at the same time. You can provide your creatives all the information they need to be “patient” and get that grand-slam idea.

  4. Thanks for the comment Tiffany. I would argue that being/staying organized requires the most amount of patience. But however you do it, keep feeding your creatives what they need to hit their grand slams. πŸ™‚

  5. Great post . . . I’m starting to realize that I am more overwhelmed when I mutlitask too much than when I grind on one project at a time. Thanks for the reinforcement!

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