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is your focus when you go to work? Are you thinking "What can I give
today?" or "What can I get?" Both questions are important,
however, the former will get you further faster. It's that simple.
when I am consulting with a company or team, the hew and cry is "The
company/ management does not do enough for me/us." This may certainly
be true, however, my first question is the opposite, 'What are you doing for
the company/management?'. That's the way the equation works best. You give
and then you get. Strangely, that's the way it works best in any
relationship. Have you noticed that?
you pay attention to expands. If you are focused on what you think you are
not getting, that overshadows everything. Attitudes shift and conversations
turn into whining sessions. Soon, morale dips and everyone is complaining.
Often, the complaints have grown completely out of proportion and no one
remembers why they were attracted to the company in the first place.
can change this. Be a 'value-added' employee. Build your strengths rather
than focusing on company weaknesses. What a concept! You choose your focus
and attitude. You choose how you use your time. You choose your perceptions
and perspectives. Use that power to become 'value-added'!
I'm not talking about giving 'til it hurts. No, I'm talking about the way
you use your energy to focus on your career path. Sure, there are employers
who devour employees and spit them out spent, burned out and disillusioned.
They exist. If you're working for one of those...and examine it carefully to
be sure...move on.
am talking about your choices to create the career you want. How do you want
to be seen in the workplace? How does your current position further your
progress towards your goals? Why did you choose it? What is your plan and
how can you best follow that blueprint in your present position? Be
pro-active in your own life.
do you want to be seen in the workplace? As competent, confident and
valuable, or, as adequate, mediocre and expendable? Unless you are working
for Attila, the Hun, the way folks see you is mostly in your control. Good
employees come to work on time, do their tasks well, and cause few waves.
Great employees do all that and more. They are focused on the company's
mission and vision. They can be excellent team-players and excellent leaders
when needed. They are clear about their own purposes and visions and know
why they have chosen to work where they work. They care about others and
help them to achieve their goals. They do these things because it clearly
moves them further along their career paths. It is in their own best
interest to do so. They have their 'eyes on the prize'.
a few secrets. Many folks would rather complain about things than fix them.
By being a 'fixer', you are being 'value-added'. Many folks would rather
find fault than good. By catching people doing things well and commenting on
it, you are being 'value-added'. Many folks would rather see what they can
get away with than see what they can give. By giving just a little more than
expected, you honor yourself and you are being 'value-added'. Many folks
would rather feel 'done wrong' than state their needs and boundaries. By
clearly communicating what you need and want, you are saving time and
energy...and being 'value-added'.
side of these equations are you working from? Only one will get you where
you want to go...although you'll have much more company on the other. Your
Rhoberta Shaler, PhD All rights
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