Bosses make firing decisions. Customers make lay-off decisions. Think about it. And if we think a little bit longer it becomes apparent that employees at any level can be the root cause of either. It’s NOT the government. It’s NOT the economy. It’s me and we.
What I do every day determines whether I have a job tomorrow. But, it’s more than that. What I do today adds to or subtracts from the value of the organization. Am I a net asset or a net liability? Am I adding value to the organization or sucking the life out of it?
Am I taking ownership of every responsibility that is mine? “That’s NOT MY job” is an excuse that just doesn’t cut it in a highly competitive global marketplace. The terms of sustaining my career require me to serve my customers at new levels of excellence in ways not specifically defined by my job description. The formula is simple …
“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” — Jim Rohn
Are we as an organization, providing the world-class value people are looking for? Even in the worst economy, people will give up something to acquire something they value. So, whenever we act consciously or subconsciously, individually or collectively in a way that reduces value, we are hurting ourselves and the organizations we work for.
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” — Warren Buffett
Think in terms of excellence all the time! In the academic world, the expression is, “Publish or perish.” In the business world, we need to think, “Excel or expire!”