Choices, Man! It’s the American Way
Time is a scarce commodity these days. Most people barely have time to turn in their assigned work, let alone offer a batch of options for their boss to choose from, but sometimes it pays to put in that little bit of extra effort. Not only does it enhance the product that you offer, it can show your boss that you are chock full of that old quality so many of us lack because we’re tired and run down from weighing our many career options and juggling the day-to-day grind: initiative!
Offering a bevy of choices also protects your butt if something you submit doesn’t meet with the bosses’ favor. Instead of looking at the one paltry name suggestion for the Web portal you’re designing, you know the one with the noun and verb, and that’s it? Your boss will look at the creative list of options you’ve provided, complete with a brief statement detailing the merits of each, and decide that you are more than just technically proficient; you’re also open to different ideas and obviously aware of the value in alternative view points and providing options for different audiences.
So when you’re submitting ideas or suggestions, throw in extra. It certainly can’t hurt. In fact, giving your supervisor more than he or she asked for can effectively serve to set you apart from your competition, I mean co-workers, when it counts. In a lesser world, that’s called one-up-manship, but here in career-savvy CertMag.com blog-land, we’ll just call it the American Way.