While conducting an interview for an open position I asked the candidate about the role she played in the job where she was currently working. It seemed that while she was presently working part-time, what was described sounded more like a management role. When I asked about this she replied that she was not a manager. She was an in-between, someone that is neither a part-time person nor a manager, but someone in-between.
I had to pause and reflect upon what was said. It struck me that an in-between was a person that voluntarily took on a bigger role and got things done. In old fashion terminology that would be a person that greased the wheels and made things work. To a great degree, we are all in-betweens. We all have someone that is above us. Someone for whom we need to get things done. Often we go above what is asked because getting things to work makes our life easier and we accomplish more than is expected of us.
I imagine we don’t see ourselves that way. We play strong roles, we are innovative. We create; we execute, and we contribute innovation that ripples up to a higher level. Set aside the titles of leadership, mentoring, influencer or guides, the in-betweens transform ideas, dreams and change into action. They get it done and they make things happen.
Point Of View
The in-betweens are the silent and often forgotten people. Without them, we would not get as much done. They grease the wheels so that what they do they do quietly. Perhaps we should look more closely at who and how things get done. Maybe, we should find a way to recognize them and bring them out of the shadows to shine a light on the people in-between. Yet, if you were at the interview you would believe they liked to be in the shadows and embrace the quiet way they work.
That interview answer “I am an in-between” opened my eyes to something almost unseen. While we recognize individuals, promote and develop them, I have never heard anyone put a title to the silent ones that make a company successful. There was almost a sense of pride, a sense of ownership in the role. She defined what she did as part of a group. In a way, I think many of us are part of that group. We do what we do quietly and without expectation of reward.