Monday, December 6, 2010

Being Excellent at Work

By Julie Rahm
Now more than ever we need to be people of excellence. We live in a society where mediocrity has become the norm. Many people do as little as they can to get by. They’re always looking for the easy way out. They simply go to work to pick up a paycheck. Then they wonder why they’re not promoted and why they don’t get raises. That’s because mediocrity is not rewarded, excellence is. Whatever we are doing, we need to do it to the best of our abilities. Whether you are a manager, a supervisor, an engineer, an accountant, on the line, a plumber, or a teacher – whatever you do, do your best work. You have excellence inside of you. It was put there by the Creator of Worlds. Set the standard for excellence in your work group. Other people may show up late. They may complain. They may cut corners. But don’t sink down to their level. Eventually their behavior will catch up with them. Maybe your metaphorical level is indicating you are out of balance because “everybody’s doing it.” That may be true. But, you’re not everybody. Hammer in the mindset framework to be the model employee your supervisor points to when he hires a new person. The employee about whom he says, “Watch that man.” Or, “Learn that woman’s habits.

Use your metaphorical screwdriver to connect your intention to do the right thing with your actions and results. When you do more than you have to, and do the right thing even when no one is watching, you get other people’s attention. They see your depth of character. They see your spirit of excellence. And you begin to have more influence and credibility. You might be thinking, “Julie, I’d love to do that, but you don’t know my boss. He’s hard to get along with.” Or, “The Company just doesn’t treat me right.” If that sounds like you, then you need a new perspective. You can do the right thing even if the wrong thing is happening around you, and even if you don’t agree with your boss or company policy. Consider that your purpose may be to bring light to your boss. You may be the only light he has in his life. And when you continue to do the right thing even if you feel mistreated, you don’t know what effect you’re having on your boss or your co-workers. Keep doing your good work knowing the quality of your work is a reflection on your character. Make excellence your norm. Because, your performance gives you a platform. People will begin to listen to you.

So here is your challenge. Whatever you do, get better at it. If you want to see doors open for you, do something on purpose to increase your skills. Develop a habit of looking for ways to grow. When you stop growing you become stagnant. The bottom line is this. Recent studies have shown that you reduce your chances of being unemployed if you stay positive, stay flexible, and keep growing. If you keep getting better at what you do, there will always be a place for you. Your skills will make room for you. All you have to do is choose excellence.

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