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How to Push Back and Still be a Team Player

Because you’re an all-star, you probably have peers and colleagues come up to you all the time, asking for your expertise to solve a work problem.  After a while, that can get old.  The challenge is, as much as you want to be a go-to person and a team player, you have your own work to get done.  

I totally get it. 

It can be very difficult to say “No” to our colleagues and peers (especially the ones you really like) without sounding like you’re not a team player.  I have some ideas for you on this (YAY!), so you can navigate this and not burn your work bridges.

As always the juiciest stuff is in the video below, but if you’re too pressed for time to watch the full 5 minute video, here’s a quick snapshot below. 

  1. Clarify exactly what it is that your colleagues are trying to accomplish.  Basically, what is their goal? 

  2. Understand what steps they’ve taken so far to solve their own problem first.  It can be WAY too easy to just dump work in your lap.  Empower them by giving them guidance and advice on where to start, which cuts down on the work you need to do and helps you decide if you need to help them at all.

  3. Level set expectations on your ability, not your willingness, to help by disclosing what you have on your plate and your top priorities.  Suddenly items that seemed urgent from your colleagues may not be so urgent, once they know how stinking slammed you really are.

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The corporate world needs that unique gift that only you bring. So go out into the world, act with conviction, be courageous and live joyfully every single day.

XO, Adwoa

Adwoa Dadzie is a Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast and a Millennial Corporate Career Thought Leader.

The views expressed in this post are Adwoa’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.


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