Sometimes waiting is wise and sometimes it is foolhardy. How can you discern how long to wait?
At one point in my career, I had been promised a promotion. A raise came but no advancing in title or level. Senior management often complimented my work but something was wrong. I decided to give myself a time frame. I would wait six months and if the title did not come, I would plan to leave. And leave I did, to start my own business. It was a very positive move. I took the message from management by their actions, not their words.
Are you waiting for something to happen or for the right time to act? Take some time to delineate a strategy regarding how long you will wait, whether what you are waiting for has a chance of happening, what you see from those around you and what is best for you. Sure, good things may come to those who wait but not in every circumstance.
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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.