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Chapter 4. The Visibility Hand > SUCCESS CARD 15: Sign Up & Reach Out

SUCCESS CARD 15: Sign Up & Reach Out

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Average players attend required meetings. Winners attend not only required meetings but also others. You may wonder why would you want to add to your already busy schedule? The answer is that you will benefit greatly from other perspectives. This is the reason that cross-training and job shadowing are time-tested job enrichment techniques. They force increased understanding of what it's like to do another person's job.

“I went to every off site I could observe.”

I was always intrigued by what was going on in the marketing arm of my division. Even though I have a heavy IT background, if I heard about a company-sponsored mar-keting retreat, I'd ask to attend as an observer. I was rarely turned down. I did that for the first few years at my company. Things changed; departments merged and evolved. When they needed a manager for the organizational development area of marketing services (which is really a lot of IT work), they asked me because of my strong marketing interest.

Now I'm in charge of all of the education for the division. I'm glad I pushed my way into those retreats.

Laura, manager, organizational development of a large financial services organization



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