We think of ourselves as professionals.

We hold the positions we hold because we deserve them, we have the experience and smarts to get the job done, we know enough about teamwork to get the team working on clear goals and direct routes, we think in terms of management and leadership and responsibility and authority. Other people seem to think we know what we’re doing (and that’s true at least some of the time).

Which is all good.

But it isn’t what it is to be a professional.

Being professional isn’t about position or authority or skills or intelligence. It isn’t about being paid.

Professionals do the things they’re here to do, even when they don’t want to do them.

That means having the difficult conversations, making tough decisions, taking action when you’d rather take it easy. It means getting the job done.

Skippy strategy: Do what you have to do.