I’m not a big fan of buzzwords. In my line of work, more often than not, I find myself battling to avoid them. However, I am going to break down and talk about a corporate buzzword that does carry a certain amount of substance.
The word is ‘comfort zone.’
Who has not been encouraged by their manager, supervisor, boss, etc. to reach outside the comfort zone? At the risk of sounding cynical, I do believe some folks in authority use this as a clumsy way to delegate work. Fortunately, not all managers think that way.
For more years than I care to recall, I was quite comfortable in my comfort zone and very unwilling to get out of it. I credit a former manager from my days at D&B who not only encouraged me, but pushed me out of my comfort zone and into a new set of duties where I was eventually quite successful.
Since then, I no longer hesitate to embrace opportunities outside my comfort zone. One such case occurred recently when I was called on to substitute for a speaker at a business conference.
Years ago, when I was a younger man, I would’ve asked why and what have I got to gain. Now, in the middle ages, I only ask why not and what have I got to lose!