Author: David Haynes

In poker, there is a term called ‘all in’ where the poker player puts all their remaining chips on the table in order to win the pot. In business ‘all in’ means commitment to making a business decision or business situation better/faster/stronger.

My question is, as a member of a team (whether you are the top or the bottom of the team, whether you are an internal member or an external consultant)…

Are you ‘all in’ or are you ‘just surviving?’
More and more I see both internal and external team members taking the passive ‘just surviving’ approach to their work lives.

How do you know which side you are on?

If some of this makes you feel uneasy, that is a sure sign of just surviving, just floating; hoping that someone else will take charge and make things better.

The interesting part about ‘just surviving’ is that we won’t need to take ownership of what happens at the company. We get to say we feel unfulfilled and we are still ‘deciding what you want to be when you grow up.’ If only someone would show us the path to our ‘career.’

The path to job security, and a rewarding career is to be ‘all in’ – is there a chance we will lose the poker hand by putting all your chips on the table? Yes, but we learn from those events and become better and stronger.
This post was originally published on David’s blog Connecting the [Data]...

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       David Haynes
David Haynes, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP
Ideate Director of Consulting

David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who previously had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design–build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, data integration, and change management solutions for AEC clients across the United States involved in the design and construction industry. Follow David on Twitter.