Search for Opportunities to Excel with Monarch

by Sandy on January 14, 2010

in General / Tips

Sadly, it’s likely that not everyone in your organization shares your passion to excel with Monarch. With that said, everyone in your organization can benefit from your skills nonetheless.

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

~ UCLA coach John Wooden

Today’s edition, being day 24, of the 30 Days to Become a Better Monarch Modeler series, will not detail more technical aspects of our favorite report mining software but instead will have you wear out your shoes and your voice.

Take a Break

Think of it as good ergonomic practice. We’re advised to take regular breaks, aren’t we?

So get up and leave your computer alone for awhile. Grab a notepad and a pen and go visit your colleagues. Today you’re going to be a cub reporter on the trail of a great story.

I’ll venture a guess that most everyone in your organization works with information of some kind, but that many of them struggle, at least occasionally, to obtain some if not all of what they really need (instead of what they merely accept).

And that’s where you come in.

As a person with what are likely some pretty unique skills in your group, you have the chance to make a huge impact and really reinforce your value to the organization. I shouldn’t have to tell you that now is a really great time to differentiate yourself and consistently deliver outstanding results.

Seek Opportunities

Explain to as many people as you can interview that you’ve gained some new insights recently about how to develop and manage information, and that you’re looking for ways to help others overcome their information challenges. Now listen, I mean really listen, to them detail their frustrations and needs. They’re bound to want to share if you’re volunteering to help.

Determine precisely what they want their final result to include, and develop your plan (remember the plan?) to accomplish it.

Along the Way

With a little luck, some funny things might, just might, happen as you talk to enough people and begin to plan out your new projects.

Working with new challenges often forces one out of comfort zones. The same old tried and true approaches that you’ve used successfully time and time again just might not be enough this time. It might be time for something new. Success! You’re growing.

You might gain new knowledge about an entire aspect of your business that you’ve not been truly involved and exposed to before. Great news! You’re growing.

And if you work on and successfully complete a number of these projects, that you’ve initiated, you’ll reinforce your already spotless reputation (I’m certain) as a reliable team player that has a rounded knowledge of the business. Tremendous! You’re an invaluable asset!

Your Task for Today

The sooner that you start, the sooner you’ll succeed. So get started. Today. Right now.

The Monarch World Tour

As you go from interview to interview, think about the possible data flow. Who needs what? Who can benefit from what you can provide, and who can benefit from at least a portion of something that someone else is working on. Try to let the data shape how you develop the solution instead of letting your solutions shape the data and you’ll be making great strides toward becoming a better Monarch modeler.

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

~ UCLA coach John Wooden

By actively seeking out the challenges that exist in your organization and helping to overcome them, you’re bound to excel with Monarch.

Continue your commitment to Become a Better Monarch Modeler with Part 25 of the series, or review Part 23.

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