Anticipate Need

Anticipate Need

Anticipate needs.  One of the signs of a leader is the ability to see what needs to be done, and stepping in to do it.  It’s a two step process, and the second part is every bit as important as the first.  If you see a problem that needs to be fixed, and don’t step in to fix it, that is NOT leadership or anticipation.

The reason I bring this up is that I’ve noticed in my years of managing people that there are  several different kinds of people- Those who notice problems, and fix them.  Those who notice problems, and do not fix them.  And those who don’t notice anything, so there is no way they could fix something they don’t see.

In the work environment, it’s important to establish a leadership position, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to identify meaningful problems, and come up with solutions for them. – anticipate needs. Once the solution is identified, then follow through on fixing the problem.  If you need additional help or resources, then consider recruiting team mates, depending on the problem, or asking your manager for additional resources.  Be prepared to justify your need for resources, and have a very specific set of requests for exactly what you’re trying to accomplish.

In short- figure out where you are going, and what you’re doing.  Figure out what needs to be done next, and do it.  Very simple, but not always as easy as it sounds. Anticipate need- and take care of it.

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4 Responses

  1. Raghu says:

    From Managers perspective, how to you find these kinds of people in work place?
    What kind of tasks do you assign them to evaluate their skills and capabilities?

  2. Haley Gray says:

    Raghu, I give people assignments, and manage them. But I also wait to see if they figure out problems in the lab on their own. Or if they fix problems as they see them, or just ignore them. I’m always surprised at how many problems there are in the lab, that just get left alone, and no-one ever says anything about them, much less actually does anything about them.
    The other thing I do is assign tasks- like testing a particular line-item, or a simple coding problem. The best people will figure out how to fix it, then figure out the check-in process. Some others will come back to me for directions on every step of the process. Sometimes this happens even after someone has been told how to perform a particular task before.

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