Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What are you Missing?

Motivation creates the opportunity to lead. Over the years, I have noticed people who have worked for the same corporation for years and years, yet remained in the same position. They are very knowledgeable and they produce consistently but there is little to no growth in their status. If you are one of those people and you want to advance, pay close attention and examine your motives. Ask yourself the question, "Why am I stagnant?"  I don’t know your answer, however, I can almost guarantee you that you have the wrong motive. 

Workers, as characterized above, are bound in their ability to move mountains, solve problems, and meet deadlines. They are good on the team but seldom leaders. They tend to have this, “if it's going to be done right then I have to do it” mindset and they don’t trust “it” to anyone else. This sounds good, however something even more important than results is missing. People.

People should be your motivation. Certainly, people can be lazy and shifty; they may even talk all the time and never get anything done. Still these same people eventually leave the job or leave you behind. My advice. Get out of your own way.  If you already have the know-how, teach someone else to do what you do. Take your eyes off of self and turn this into an opportunity for improvement. This shows initiative and the ability to lead others to success. Inevitably, someone in authority over you will notice that you are more than a one-trick-pony, who gets their work done and to heck with the rest, and in the end you will be rewarded.

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