Challenge Accepted Have you ever listened to Dr. Joy Browne? She is a a psychologist who has a radio show (and now a podcast!). I've been listening to her for years, and about ten years ago I heard her say, "Ask for what you need. You might not get it, but you will get a lot closer than if you keep your mouth shut."
I think this holds true in professional situations. We do a lot of assuming that people at work understand our point of view / drive / desire to move forward in a career.
People aren't mind readers! It helps sometimes to spell things out. And, that's not because we are surrounded by nincompoops - it's just that life is life and everyone has 1,000 things going on.
Over the years I've gotten better at asking for what I need. I don't always get what I want. But, I've found that most of the time it at least opens up a dialogue between myself and someone else.
Ask for what you need today. See what happens.