“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’ve had the good fortune and good pleasure to offer a number of my employees promotions this year. It’s one of my favorite responsibilities as CEO, as it provides tangible evidence that we’ve successfully created an environment conducive to growth.
You may have read about or noticed that there are generational differences in learning styles, ways of getting things done and modes of communicating in the workplace. There are pronounced differences between the Veterans, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y, but underneath these generational veneers I’ve found that people, no matter what age, thrive when they are genuinely appreciated, constantly challenged and trusted more than they trust themselves.
When a work or home environment is filled with these qualities, a certain pressure builds. The pressure is invisible and hard to define, yet undeniably influential. It beckons the highest and finest expression and discourages anything less. The more it is resisted, the more uncomfortable it becomes. The more you come to rest in it, the more you realize the pressure is your ally and not your foe. Centers of excellence are invariably high pressure centers.
If your concerned to grow and develop in your workplace, I encourage you to consider the following points, learned by this author the hard way:
1. Never predicate the quality of your performance on your or another’s opinion of the caliber of your boss or peers. In other words, don’t play to the level of the team. The quality of your giving need not be conditional. It can be absolute.
2. Never base your effort on how much you like or dislike the task at hand. Always give it your all, even if the task is “beneath” you, not part of your job description, boring, terrifying or odious.
3. Never follow your heart without balancing feeling with rational thought. Mind and heart are two parts of a whole. Doing only what you love will is a bunch of narcissistic poppycock that will greatly limit your fulfillment. Always do what needs to be done because it is the right thing to do.
4. Realize that how you do what you do gives evidence of the centering of your worship. Your spiritual life and secular life are one and the same if you are living correctly and if you are not continuously answering the call to greatness, you are likely worshipping false idols.
5. Never use the mistakes of another to put him “in his place” or to enhance your position. Any problem, every problem can be used to draw people together on the one hand and to lift them up on the other.
6. Do what you’re told before you innovate. Experience is the best teacher and what you know now is likely a limited perspective.
7. Be willing to move easily when you’re told “no.” Be willing to move easily when you’re told “you can do it, I believe in you.”
I hope that you have a wonderful day, but more I importantly, that you find the way to rise up and give more fully of yourself, without concern for results.