Gravitas: A serious or dignified demeanor.
Gravitas was a virtue that was particularly appreciated in leaders in Ancient Rome. It still matters today. Is there anything going on in your work life right now that needs your gravitas? Taking things lightly can be a benefit or a detriment, depending on the situation. In some cases, seriousness is what moves you forward in the best and most efficient way.
There are a number of things that indicate when your gravitas is warranted: others involved are taking the situation very seriously, the possible consequences of how you proceed can cause problems for you, the outcome of the situation matters greatly to you or others who matter, you have something to lose if the outcome does not go your way or your own values are involved and you want to honor them.
What needs your gravitas today?
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Some situations bring you to the razor’s edge. You find yourself having to make serious judgments and decisions very quickly. The actions you take could have serious consequences and you have little time. What’s the best way to survive on the razor’s edge?
When you find yourself on the razor’s edge, be aware that you are on a thin precipice and have two ways you can fall. Do your best to stay centered and watch out for your best interests. Be aware of those around you who are involved in the situation. It’s a balancing act. You can do it if you know where you are and what is at stake.
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There are many ways that a manager can be waiting – for a promotion or raise, for a team member to cooperate, for needed resources, for promises to be kept. While patience is a virtue, it behooves you to discern when it is time to wait no more.
When that time comes, what are your options? Simply, to continue waiting or stop waiting. There are considerations for each. If you continue waiting, identify what the potential consequences are. Can you live with them? Be aware of consequences both to your work and you personally. There may be a price to pay. Will that price harm you in any way? If it is time for you to stop waiting, considerations center on what you will do. How will you approach the issue? What will the downsides be? Are you ready to draw a line – how far will you go?
Waiting has a double face. Sometimes it works to your advantage. Other times, it works to your disadvantage. Know when it is time to wait no more.