Posted by Chuck Csizmar | Posted in Articles, Universal Compensation | Posted on 21-08-2013
Then solve a problem. Stand up and show someone how to get things done. Clear the pathway; support someone’s idea, save a step somewhere. Do what it takes.
Just do it.
It’s not hard, really. It’s a matter of thinking not of yourself first and foremost, but of a greater good that is broader than yourself – and of focusing your attention on getting the results that help the department, the team, the business. It’s called a giving of yourself.
All too often what we see from many employees and managers, indeed at all levels of the organization, is an effort to be the star, the success story, the stuff of legend, but often at the expense of someone else. “Look at me,” these eager A-types seem to shout, “look at what I have achieved.” These are folks who seem to have missed reading the memo on team effort.
We all have them in our organization. They surround us.
Here’s a thought, though. Isn’t it better to be lifted up (reward, recognition, a simple thanks, etc.) by someone else, then to be constantly trying to push yourself up there? Doesn’t that ego rush get a bit tiring, what with the constant pressure of looking over your shoulder to gauge the competition? To paln your next moves? Do you have periodic stress headaches, where the muscles at the back of your neck tighten to stone? Are you sleeping well?
Now picture yourself receiving that award, with the accompanying recognition, spotlight, accolades etc. Nice feeling, isn’t it? A proud moment.
I think it does make a difference in how one gets recognized. I suppose that there are levels of self-satisfaction, but the highest must be when you’re lifted on someone’s shoulder. When you hear the cheer of the audience. Self advertisement, political deal-making and a passive resistance that holds others back can’t provide the same level of genuine personal satisfaction. Because deep down you’ll know you cheated to get there.
Think about someone whom you really admire, in whatever field of endeavor you like. Chances are it’s a person who has accomplished something, delivered the desired results, made something of themselves. They stood up for something. Likely that person you admire so much isn’t someone who took shortcuts, pushed others aside, ignored the call for help or otherwise kept their focus solely on the mirror.
So why would you want to do that yourself?
Of course you wouldn’t. But now reflect a bit on how you practice at your relationships at work. Do you admire yourself to the exclusion of others, or can you spruce up your act a bit and become more of a team player?
Naive? Politically incompetent? Perhaps I am. But I think we need more heroes out there, more decision-makers, more team players and more people willing to make a stand for what they believe in.
More folks who aren’t in it just for themselves.
But that’s just me. What about you?