Do You Know What Role You Play?
If you want to play a particular role, it is important that you lead with that role and be clear as to the roles on the team.
–For example, if you feel frustrated because you want to lead as an expert but the manager or client keeps providing you direction and setting expectations as to what needs to happen next, you may have found yourself in an Extra Pair of Hands (EPOH) role.
–Another example is if you have been hired as a developer and you are planning on joining a team where you will work with others to complete a project (EPOH) and the client gives you complete independence to “run” with the project they have probably put you in an expert role.
–Or If you have a process that you will take the client through as a result of your work you are probably a consultant, but the client keeps asking you to complete the work based on their process there is definitely a mismatch (EPOH).
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