Give Yourself a Gold Star
How often are you given a pat on the back and how much does it mean to you? We work in employee recognition and our organization practices what we preach. We are given the opportunity to appreciate one another, voice our opinions and receive recognition from organizational leaders much more than most organizations (believe me when I tell you this).
Formal/informal recognition aside, let’s talk organizational validation. There are two certainties in your organizational climb:
• On occasion, your effort will be overlooked
• On occasion, people who do not deserve credit will receive it
The optimal word in the aforementioned organizational certainties is “occasion.” No one consistently works hard and is continually overlooked. No one bucks the system long enough to avoid being revealed as a fraud. The only person you are with every minute or every day is yourself – why not make that person your most trusted advisor?
There are rules to follow, challenges to conquer and goals to achieve. The simplest way to find success is to determine for yourself what is important and let that drive you every day!
Here are a few suggestions that will help you achieve success by your standards:
• Develop a set of goals – daily, weekly and monthly – review them every day.
• Make a list of 5 to 10 core values that matter to you – post them in your cubicle and review them before you make a decision.
• Take accountability for your team’s shortcomings.
• Be humble in your achievements.
• Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
• Step out of your comfort zone every day!
• Diffuse negativity and stay positive!
• Don’t be so hard on yourself – mundane details can sidetrack us if we give them too much attention.
The best way to become a great team player is to know yourself. By applying the above mentioned principles we will all move forward TOGETHER! Nothing is meaningful if achieved alone.
You Are Appreciated!
David J Kovacovich
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