Signs We Don’t Read: Yield

  1. Signs We Don’t Read: Business Hours
  2. Signs We Don’t Read: Falling Rocks
  3. Signs We Don’t Read: Sharp Turn Ahead
  4. Signs We Don’t Read: School Zone
  5. Signs We Don’t Read: HOV Lane
  6. Signs We Don’t Read: Maximum Load
  7. Signs We Don’t Read: Silence Please
  8. Signs We Don’t Read: Exit Only
  9. Signs We Don’t Read: No U Turn
  10. Signs We Don’t Read: Rest Area
  11. Signs We Don’t Read: Yield
  12. Signs We Don’t Read: Introduction

Two roads coming together

I’m on the feeder road about to merge onto the interstate.  The boldfaced Yield sign is in my face. But the traffic is heavy, I’m in a hurry, and there’s an eighteen-wheeler truck coming down the right lane. If I get behind him, I’ll be stuck following him at 45 miles per hour.  I’ll just speed up and beat him to the entrance ramp.

 

“Faster, faster, come on car!  Where is my little red sports car when I need it?   This Suburban has no acceleration… Darn it!”

 

I slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the truck and slide in behind him.  Now I’m stuck behind this slow moving gravel truck kicking up rocks on my windshield.

 

Just like on the road, we sometimes must yield in our careers. When we move recklessly forward without taking the time to process the obstacles ahead of us, we can get ourselves in trouble.  If we are pushing our idea without getting the necessary support and/or testing it out with others, roadblocks can appear that keep us from achieving our initial goal.

 

If we fail to assess the agendas and motivations of others and their potential impact on our objectives, we may end up looking foolish, losing support or failing outright. There are times when it’s wiser to concede to someone else’s idea with the goal of gaining a more important point later.

 

Yield doesn’t mean give up. It means slow down, assess and be strategic before you move forward.  It works on the road, and it works in business.

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Susan Hodge created Women Leading Together in order to provide one-on-one executive coaching, seminars, workshops, and coaching circles to help career women move forward to create fulfilling professional lives. Visit our website for upcoming programs, articles, and resources to advance your career.

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