Have you ever felt that your business unit is the one and only that is helping the company to function and succeed? Have you ever felt that the other departments are not important at all and sometimes even useless? Have you ever looked at your colleagues and thought; hey you guys are screwed without me…!
Now think about the departments of your company for a moment, think about the work they conduct on a daily basis and now imagine if they wouldn’t be there anymore… Imagine if one of your colleagues would leave… who would do his/her job? How long would it take to find another person and to train the new person? How many mistakes would be done until the new person learns the new job?
Feels good to be important??? Now it is time to stop…. Right now! Being the wise man, knows everything, it gives you a feeling of high…. but at the same time gives you no joy…. Sometimes you feel that you just do not want to start your day, you are being down and miserable…. Your gut tells you that this is not right!
Pick a different question for yourself to thing about!
How can I stay motivated and passionate about my job but at the same time stay humble so that I’m not dragged by my ego in the thought of being irreplaceable?
Well, there is only one answer to this question: Generosity! Be Generous! And I guess now you’ll think Generous in the workplace? Where everybody is trying to get my position? Or where every day I have to fight so my voice can be heard? Yes, besides all the daily struggles you might have or the misery you might be creating to yourself generosity in the workplace is what will make you be valued by your colleagues and eventually make you grow. When you look at your colleagues or other departments no matter what the issue that you are facing right now with generosity the struggles will end and new ideas to solve the issues will be found and implemented.
This approach is making you focus on the important and long term, you will not see all the benefits immediately, but on the long run… boy this makes a massive difference.
Let us think about a common problem that companies face; You are waiting for the answer from a colleague of another department so that you can go on and finish the project you are working and this answer is not coming or it arrived and you don’t think it’s good enough or worst you don’t agree with at all and you think the person is totally crazy and unprofessional… Your immediate reaction would be to just call the person and spill all your frustration, your thoughts go from “I could have done it better” to “this person is totally useless, let me speak with his/her boss” so you start thinking about sending an email to the person copying all the important people you know that are involved in the project, you are sitting there your fingers are burning you want somehow to ridicule this person so that it never ever happens again that such a mistake will be repeated…
STOP!!! Yes, don’t do it. Stop yourself and be generous. Re-check the documentation or whatever the job was, first of all, you have to ask your self if the information you sent to the person in the first place was good enough, don’t immediately assume that you are right and the person is wrong (we are not perfect), if you see that the work at your end is good than if you have the possibility and have this person just a few steps or offices from you stand up and go speak personally with the person and calmly show your point of view, let the person speak and explain his/her point of view, remember we have two years and only one mouth for a reason: we should listen more and speak less. After the person explained itself calmly find a solution and you will see that the target will be achieved.
If the person is not in the same building as you then call the person on the phone and have a chat the same way you would if the person would be in front of you as explained above…
Now, you might think; Hey, I have no time for this! I rather send an ugly email… I’ll copy this person’s bosses and they will take care of solving the problem… Ok, but hey if you were the person that made a mistake what kind of approach would you prefer the other person to take? Speak to you directly and solve the problem or throw you in the fire without even informing you of what’s going on?
Well…. It is your choice, you can be angry and miserable and do it again with someone else or even the same person tomorrow, or feel good and show generosity. I can assure you that the world around you will change, and even the people around your will change.
We are professional but we are humans and business must be done with humanity be generous with your colleagues and co-workers and help the chain to stay strong.
Business with Wisdom is the Key to Success!!!
Enjoy the ride and deliver the benefits!