Courage in the Workplace

February 16, 2018

Growing up, we’re taught that courage is found in grand acts of heroism. A soldier who goes to battle for their country, or a good samaritan who risks their life to protect a stranger – the real superheroes of life. Here at Jelly, we strive to cultivate courage in the workplace. We believe that acts of courage happen in front of our eyes every day. Though these acts are often subtle, they are equally as admirable. Courage isn’t the lack of fear, rather, it calls on us for resiliency, forcing us to acknowledge the fear, but ultimately making the choice to persevere in spite of it.

1. Speak up – even if your voice shakes.

Jelly’s collaborative work culture encourages the exchange of ideas and information from all team members. For some, it can be daunting to share your proposal or ideas within the group, especially if you hold an unpopular opinion. Have the courage to thoughtfully voice your concerns and offer alternative ideas that may highlight a different perspective. Though your idea may be saved for a different campaign or strategy, your willingness to contribute honest feedback demonstrates your care for the success of the campaign and team as a whole.

2. No great work ever came from comfort zones.

There’s a reason comfort zones are so “comfortable” – they provide little room for growth. Though you might be an InDesign pro or an Analytics expert, it’s important to push your boundaries and expand your skill set. By taking on the harder projects, you push your mind to think outside of the box and avoid stagnancy. Challenge your comfort zone, be courageous and try something new, even if it scares you.

3. Asking for help shows strength, not weakness.

Living in a society that prides itself of being self-sufficient, the idea of asking for help can often be intimidating. Be vulnerable in courage to seek understanding in unfamiliar territory, and be humble in your listening. No one has all of the answers – and that’s okay! Seek clarity from team members in subject areas that might not be your strength, and be gracious in lending a helping hand or advice when a team member looks to you for guidance.