Task Versus Role

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What is a task that I can do?

It’s an interesting question to ask someone at my stage in my career.

The flat answer that misses the point is that I can do lots of tasks.

What task then best represents the context or venue for which all that I bring to the professional table is best displayed.

One long-time associate responds immediately that I manage people.

I prefer to describe myself in terms of the roles I play well.

Systems thinker, team leader, problem solver, (problem creator?), idea implementor.

But most people describe jobs in terms of the tasks involved.

If I want people to understand what I do, then I’d be better served to phrase it in the terms with which they are most familiar.

I lead people to make things happen.

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