Do your best on every task you take on, your actions/deliverables represent who you are, what you stand for, and your core values. Integrity and accountability are something that will never go out of style. Below are some tips to reflect on to see if you are on the right path…
1: Grow your current job description
“This is not in my job description” should never be said (unless we are talking about illegal and, or immoral acts). Complex matrix and siloed departments give people the option to overlook shared responsibilities. Do not take the bait, passing or overlooking problems are just as bad as creating them. Take pride in your contributions and it will show up in the end results.
2) Work with people you want to learn from
High functioning teams usually have mutual respect within the group, collaborate well, and empower the group to add value. Some of the best learning that you will do will be from peers, subordinates, suppliers, and cross functional co-workers. These people will have no input in your annual review but will be transparent and big influence on your personal development.
3) Embrace Conflict
Conflict is a great thing when it is handled appropriately. Sharing information, data, or even perspectives will help all involved. The collaborative approach can be significant to the organization. This can help develop the reputation of being authentic and approachable, which will be useful when developing your leadership skills.
At the end of the day people want to work with or refer people that they believe in and trust. These are simple things that are controllable. The byproduct of doing the right things for the right reasons.
Mike DePaulo, LSSBB, CDR
All Pro Recruiting, LLC.