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Courage in the Workplace

May 18, 2023

You are probably wondering why Research Director, Inc. is talking about this topic in a blog. What does courage in the workplace mean to you? This topic hits home for me as I have dealt with many challenges this past year, both personally and professionally. Honestly, some of these challenges I am not sure how I got through them.

Keep reading and I promise to connect the dots …

In a much younger lifetime, I trained in Taekwondo and learned about tenets. The five tenets of Taekwondo are courtesy, integrity, indomitable spirit, perseverance, and self-control. I learned how to incorporate and practice these tenets into my daily life. I believe that indomitable spirit and perseverance is what got me through this past year. What I also learned in Taekwondo is that you need courage to live these five tenets. It’s not always easy, and at times it’s very difficult.

So what about courage in the workplace? How does this show up in your job? For me, it means that we do what is right, even if we are scared. We find a way to put on our big girl or big boy pants and do something we fear. Here are some specifics for how you can be courageous in the workplace.

  • Tell an advertiser the truth. A small investment in radio will NOT work to achieve their goals. They need reach and frequency and probably a long-term schedule instead of a short-term schedule.
  • Learn something new about media and how advertising works.
  • Collaborate with a coworker who may not seem like a good fit.
  • Be truthful with your manager – especially to find your best work style.
  • Resolve conflicts – internally in the company as well as with clients or prospects.
  • ASK FOR THE ORDER! There are some subtle ways to do this that are not overt and scary. Remember, if you do not ask – you will never receive.

The tenets I learned in Taekwondo have given me the courage to do most things in my life and career. How will courage show up for you in the workplace?

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

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-Karen Morriss, Director of Client Services